Introduction to the Variational Bicomplex
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:30am - 11:30am
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.