principle of least action

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principle of least action

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(General Physics) the principle that motion between any two points in a conservative dynamical system is such that the action has a minimum value with respect to all paths between the points that correspond to the same energy. Also called: Maupertuis principle
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The author has organized the main body of his text in twelve chapters focused on kinematics, dynamics, conservative forces, pair forces, two-body systems, gravitating mass distributions, variational problems, the principle of stationary action, small-amplitude oscillations, the work of Lagrange and Hamilton, and a wide variety of other related subjects.
Chemistry was represented by Bader's lecture entitled 'How Schwinger's Principle of Stationary Action Helps Us Understand Chemistry', as well as by a talk given by Paul G.

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