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The Monge problem: does it really help to park your car?

Presented by: 
SP Tsarev [Krasnoyarsk]
Date: 
Thursday 13th December 2001 - 14:00 to 15:00
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 2
Abstract: 
We give the basic facts about the current state and different generalisations of the problem first studied by Gaspar Monge: given one (!) ODE for two (!) functions
F(x, y, y', z, z') = 0, y = y(x), z = z(x), (1)

is it possible to give its complete parametric solution
x = x(t, u, u', u'', ...),
y = y(t, u, u', u'', ...),
z = z(t, u, u', u'', ...),

where t is a new parameter, and u = u(t) is a new arbitrary function ?
Recently problems of similar form found applications in optimal control ("flat systems of ODEs"). Obviously this problem also deserves attention in the framework of integrable systems.

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