CDS 140b Spring 2014 Homework 1

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R. Murray, D. MacMartin Issued: 2 Apr 2014 (Wed)
CDS 140b, Spring 2014 Due: 9 Apr 2014 (Wed)

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  1. Perko, Section 2.14, problem 1
    (a) Show that the system

    \dot x&=a_{11}x+a_{12}y+Ax^2-2Bxy+Cy^2\\ \dot y&=a_{21}x-a_{11}y+Dx^2-2Axy+By^2


    is a Hamiltonian system with one degree of freedom; i.e., find the Hamiltonian function $H(x,y)$ for this system.
    (b) Given $f\in C^2(E)$, where $E$ is an open, simply connected subset of $\mathbb R^2$, show that the system $\dot{x}=f(x)$ is a Hamiltonian system on $E$ iff $\nabla\cdot f(x)=0$ for all $x\in E$.

  2. Perko, Section 2.14, problem 7. Show that if $x_0$ is a strict local minimum of $V(x)$ then the function $V(x)-V(x_0)$ is a strict Lyapunov function (i.e., $\dot{V}<0$ for $x\neq 0$) for the gradient system $\dot x=-\mathrm{grad}V(x)$.
  3. Perko, Section 2.14, problem 12. Show that the flow defined by a Hamiltonian system with one degree of freedom is area preserving. Hint: Cf. Problem 6 in Section 2.3
  4. A planar pendulum (in the $x$-$z$ plane) of mass $m$ and length $\ell$ hangs from a support point that moves according to $x=a\cos (\omega t)$. Find the Lagrangian, the Hamiltonian, and write the first-order equations of motion for the pendulum.