# Hamilton-Jacobi equation and Action Functional

Let the action functional $$S[q]$$ given by $$\begin{equation}\label{eq16} S[q]=\int\limits^{t_2}_{t_1}L\left(q^i(t),\dot{q}^i(t)\right)dt.\tag{1} \end{equation}$$ Also, we know that using Legendre Transform the hamiltonian $$H(q^i,p_i)$$ is related with $$L(q^i,\dot{q}^i)$$ by $$\begin{equation} L(q^i,\dot{q}^i)=p_i q^i - H(q^i,p_i) \quad \text{with} \quad p_i=\frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot{q}^i}\tag{2} \end{equation}$$ Thus, replacing this last equation inside the action function we have \begin{align}\label{eq105} S(q,t)&=\int\limits^t_{t_0}p_i(t)\dot{q}^i(t)dt-\int\limits^t_{t_0}H(q^i(t),p_i(t))dt\tag{3}\\ S(q,t)&=\int\limits^{q(t)}_{q(t_0)}p_i(t)dq^i-\int\limits^t_{t_0}H(q^i(t),p_i(t))dt.\tag{4} \end{align} Finally, we also know the diferential form of $$S(q,t)$$ is by definition $$\begin{equation}\label{eq110} dS(q^i,t)=\frac{\partial S(q^i,t)}{\partial q^i}dq^i + \frac{\partial S(q^i,t)}{\partial t}dt\tag{5} \end{equation}$$ which give us these following relations $$\begin{equation} p_i=\frac{\partial S(q^i,t)}{\partial q^i} \quad \text{and} \quad -H(q^i,p_i)=\frac{\partial S(q^i,t)}{\partial q^i}.\tag{6} \end{equation}$$ Replacing $$p_i$$ relation inside $$H$$ give us the Hamilton-Jacobi equation $$\begin{equation}\label{eq116} \frac{\partial S(q^i,t)}{\partial t}+H\left(q^i,\frac{\partial S(q^i,t)}{\partial q^i}\right)=0.\tag{7} \end{equation}$$

Question When working with action functional we already know that physical motions are those curves that are the an extremum of $$S[q]$$. But here we actually wrote $$S[q]$$ as a function $$S(q,t)$$ of $$(q,t)$$ and this give us Hamilton-Jacobi equation. My question is:

• Every solution of Hamilton-Jacobi equation is an extremum of $$S[q]$$?

• Also, there's an relation (even conceptually) between extremum of $$S[q]$$ and general solutions of Hamilton-Jacobi equation?

1. Eq. (1) is the off-shell action functional $$S[q]$$.
2. Eqs. (3)-(4) are presumably the (Dirichlet) on-shell action function $$S(q_f,t_f;q_i,t_i)$$. It satisfies eqs. (5)-(6), which are proven in a Lemma of my Phys.SE answer here.
3. Hamilton's principal function $$S(q,\alpha,t)$$ is the solution to Hamilton-Jacobi equation (7).
OP's main questions (v2) seems a bit like asking to compare apples and oranges. Presumably they want to ask about relationships between the 3 above objects denoted with the same letter $$S$$. This is explained in my Phys.SE answer here.