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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Symplectic groupoids and discrete constrained Lagrangian mechanics
Seminar:GAP Seminar
Speaker:Ari Stern, University of California, San Diego
The subject of discrete Lagrangian mechanics concerns the study of certain discrete dynamical systems on manifolds, whose geometric features are analogous to those in classical Lagrangian mechanics. While these systems are quite mathematically interesting, in their own right, they also have important applications to structure-preserving numerical simulation of dynamical systems in geometric mechanics and optimal control theory. In fact, these structure-preserving properties are intimately related to the geometry of symplectic groupoids, Lagrangian submanifolds, and generating functions. In this talk, we describe how a more general notion of generating function can be used to construct Lagrangian submanifolds, and thus discrete dynamics, even for systems with constraints. Within this framework, Lagrange multipliers and their dynamics are shown to arise in a natural way.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB315
Date:05 / 06 / 2011
Time:10:30am - 11:30am