# All Questions

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### A simple question about equation of motion in polchinski's String theory?

In page 14 to get the equation of motion, it takes the variation of the action $$S_P[X,\gamma]=-\frac{1}{4\pi\alpha'}\int_Md\tau d\sigma(-\gamma)^{1/2}\gamma^{ab}\partial_a X^\mu\partial_b X_\mu$$ ...
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### Variational formulation of Maxwell equations with interface/boundary conditions

Consider $\Omega = \Omega_1 \cup \Omega_2$, where $\Omega _1$ and $\Omega_2$ are two different media with conductivity and permeability \sigma= \begin{cases} \sigma _1 & \text{in ...
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### How does Hamilton's Principle give us the path taken?

We defined the action as: $$\mathcal{S}(t)=\int_{t_1}^{t_2}\mathcal{L}(q_i,\dot{q_i},t) dt$$ where $q_i(t_1)$ and $q_i(t_2)$ are known and fixed. Hamilton's principle states that the path that is ...
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### Deriving Canonical Transformation from Generating Function using Principle of Stationary Action

In Hamill's "A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians", section 5.2, the equations for a canonical transformation $(q,p) \to (Q,P)$, induced by the generating function $F(q,Q,t)$ are derived ...
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### How can we predict how a system evolves using the stationary action principle even though we need to specify the final state? [duplicate]

The stationary action principle states that a system evolves between a fixed initial and fixed final configuration in such a way that the action is stationary. But isn't the final configuration what ...
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### Doubt regarding Fermat's principle [duplicate]

Which two points are we talking about in Fermat's principle? Are those points decided by light or decided by us? Can we take any two points?
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