Solving an Euler Equation (Calculus of variations)...

I need to solve the Euler equation to make the following integral stationary:

so I happily assume and find the partial derivative F wrt y' and F wrt y, put both into the Euler equation:

Route 1: simple rearrangement yield:

Route 2: intergate both side by x

Then I'm stuck in both.... there is probably a very simple way of getting the solution out, but my brain just can't turn the concer~ or I've already made a mistake early in my calculations?

Thanks for all the help!

Re: Solving an Euler Equation (Calculus of variations)...

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**QDsolarX** I need to solve the Euler equation to make the following integral stationary:

so I happily assume

and find the partial derivative F wrt y' and F wrt y, put both into the Euler equation:

Route 1: simple rearrangement yield:

Route 2: intergate both side by x

This does not strike me as valid. You were good up to the point where you wrote down your second-order DE. I would go this route: whenever you have a DE of the form

you can multiply through by and integrate at least once immediately. In your case, you get

Now you have a first-order DE. Can you continue from here?

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Then I'm stuck in both.... there is probably a very simple way of getting the solution out, but my brain just can't turn the concer~ or I've already made a mistake early in my calculations?

Thanks for all the help!