Definition of calculus of variations in English:

calculus of variations

Syllabification: cal·cu·lus of var·i·a·tions


A form of calculus applied to expressions or functions in which the law relating the quantities is liable to variation, especially to find what relation between the variables makes an integral a maximum or a minimum.
More example sentences
  • He has interests in differential equations, the calculus of variations, and functions of a real variable which he would work on for the rest of his life.
  • There he taught courses on advanced algebra, the calculus of variations, mechanics, Fourier series, and synthetic geometry.
  • In mathematics he worked on the calculus of variations, Fourier series, function spaces, Hamiltonian geometrical optics, Schrödinger wave mechanics, and relativity.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day bimble
Pronunciation: ˈbimbəl
walk or travel at a leisurely pace