# Necessary Condition for Integral Functional to have Extremum for given function

## Theorem

Let $S$ be a set of real mappings such that:

- $S = \set {\map y x: \paren {y: S_1 \subseteq \R \to S_2 \subseteq \R}, \paren {\map y x \in C^1 \closedint a b}, \paren {\map y a = A, \map y b = B} }$

Let $J \sqbrk y: S \to S_3 \subseteq \R$ be a functional of the form:

- $\displaystyle \int_a^b \map F {x, y, y'} \rd x$

Then a necessary condition for $J \sqbrk y$ to have an extremum (strong or weak) for a given function $\map y x$ is that $\map y x$ satisfy Euler's equation:

- $F_y - \dfrac \d {\d x} F_{y'} = 0$

## Proof

From Condition for Differentiable Functional to have Extremum we have

- $\delta J \sqbrk {y; h} \bigg \rvert_{y = \hat y} = 0$

The variation exists if $J$ is a differentiable functional.

The endpoints of $\map y x$ are fixed.

Hence:

- $\map h a = 0$

- $\map h b = 0$.

From the definition of increment of a functional:

\(\displaystyle \Delta J \sqbrk {y; h}\) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle J \sqbrk {y + h} - J \sqbrk y\) | definition | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle \int_a^b \map F {x, y + h, y' + h'} \rd x - \int_a^b \map F {x, y, y'} \rd x\) | form of considered functional | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle \int_a^b \paren {\map F {x, y + h, y' + h'} - \map F {x, y, y'} } \rd x\) | bringing under the same integral |

Using multivariate Taylor's theorem, expand $\map F {x, y + h, y' + h'}$ with respect to $h$ and $h'$:

- $\displaystyle \map F {x, y + h, y' + h'} = \map F {x, y + h, y' + h'} \bigg \rvert_{h = 0, \, h' = 0} + \frac {\partial {\map F {x, y + h, y' + h'} } } {\partial y} \bigg \rvert_{h = 0, \, h' = 0} h + \frac {\partial {\map F {x, y + h, y'+ h'} } } {\partial y'} \bigg \rvert_{h = 0, \, h' = 0} h' + \mathcal O \paren {h^2, h h', h'^2}$

Substitute this back into the integral:

- $\displaystyle \Delta J \sqbrk {y; h} = \int_a^b \paren {\map F {x, y, y'}_y h + \map F {x, y, y'}_{y'} h' + \mathcal O \paren {h^2, h h', h'^2} } \rd x$

Terms in $\mathcal O \paren {h^2, h'^2}$ represent terms of order higher than 1 with respect to $h$ and $h'$.

Suppose we expand $\displaystyle \int_a^b \mathcal O \paren {h^2, h h', h'^2} \rd x$.

Every term in this expansion will be of the form:

- $\displaystyle \int_a^b \map A {m, n} \frac {\partial^{m + n} \map F {x, y, y'} } {\partial y^m \partial y'^n} h^m h'^n \rd x$

where $m, n \in \N: m + n \ge 2$

By definition, the integral not counting in $\mathcal O \paren {h^2, h h', h'^2}$ is a variation of functional:

- $\displaystyle \delta J \sqbrk {y; h} = \int_a^b \paren {F_y h + F_{y'} h'} \rd x$

Use lemma.

Then for any $\map h x$ variation vanishes if:

- $F_y - \dfrac \d {\d x} F_{y'} = 0$

$\blacksquare$

## Sources

- 1963: I.M. Gelfand and S.V. Fomin:
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