A geometric derivation of transversality and corner conditions of the calculus of variations via dynamic programming

by Stuart E. Dreyfus

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Shows how certain well-known geometric facts concerning the gradient of a continuously differentiable function can be used, in conjunction with dynamic programming, to deduce transversality and corner conditions of the calculus of variations. The reader is assumed to be familiar with algebraic and geometric aspects of optimal control theory. (See also P-3289.) 19 pp. Ref.

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