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Two-timing, variational principles and waves

Whitham, G. B. (1970) Two-timing, variational principles and waves. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 44 (2). pp. 373-395. ISSN 0022-1120.

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In this paper, it is shown how the author's general theory of slowly varying wave trains may be derived as the first term in a formal perturbation expansion. In its most effective form, the perturbation procedure is applied directly to the governing variational principle and an averaged variational principle is established directly. This novel use of a perturbation method may have value outside the class of wave problems considered here. Various useful manipulations of the average Lagrangian are shown to be similar to the transformations leading to Hamilton's equations in mechanics. The methods developed here for waves may also be used on the older problems of adiabatic invariants in mechanics, and they provide a different treatment; the typical problem of central orbits is included in the examples.

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Additional Information:© 1970 Cambridge University Press. Received January 10 1970. Published Online March 29 2006. This research was supported by the Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy.
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Official Citation: G. B. Whitham (1970). Two-timing, variational principles and waves. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 44 , pp 373-395 doi:10.1017/S002211207000188X
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