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    formal notation

    I have been studying lagrangian and hamiltonian mechanics, and I found some resources online that are very rigorous and formal. I don't understand how to read the definitions.

    http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Services/Clas...m_PDF/chp1.pdf

    You can see in the document that they start by defining a functional, and then they define differentiability of a functional, and so on. I just don't understand all of the notation. Are there any online sources that I can turn to? Where can I learn this notation?
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    What notation are you experiencing trouble with? \partial ? \int?
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