Introduction to the Variational Bicomplex

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Lind 305
Peter Olver (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
I will present the basics of jet space, contact forms, and the variational bicomplex. Applications to the calculus of variations, the inverse problem, conservation laws, and symmetries, possibly getting to Noether's Theorem(s), will be discussed. No prior knowledge beyond multivariable calculus and a little familiarity with differential forms will be assumed.