Volume 5, 2000
|Page(s)||187 - 206|
|Published online||15 August 2002|
The brachistochrone problem with frictional forces
Dipartimento di Matematica “Ulisse Dini”,
Università di Firenze, Italy;
2 Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università di Camerino, Italy; firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this paper we show the existence of the solution for the classical brachistochrone problem under the action of a conservative field in presence of frictional forces. Assuming that the frictional forces and the potential grow at most linearly, we prove the existence of a minimizer on the travel time between any two given points, whenever the initial velocity is great enough. We also prove the uniqueness of the minimizer whenever the given points are sufficiently close.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 58E30 / 58E25 / 45J05
Key words: Minimal travel time / non linear constraints.
© EDP Sciences, SMAI, 2000
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