By Yuri Gliklikh

The first version of this e-book entitled research on Riemannian Manifolds and a few difficulties of Mathematical Physics was once released by way of Voronezh Univer sity Press in 1989. For its English version, the e-book has been considerably revised and accelerated. particularly, new fabric has been extra to Sections 19 and 20. i'm thankful to Viktor L. Ginzburg for his exertions at the transla tion and for writing Appendix F, and to Tomasz Zastawniak for his a number of feedback. My particular thank you visit the referee for his necessary comments at the concept of stochastic strategies. eventually, i need to recognize the aid of the AMS fSU relief Fund and the overseas technological know-how starting place (Grant NZBOOO), which made attainable my paintings on the various new effects integrated within the English variation of the ebook. Voronezh, Russia Yuri Gliklikh September, 1995 Preface to the Russian variation the current e-book is seemingly the 1st in monographic literature during which a typical remedy is given to 3 components of world research formerly consid ered really far away from one another, particularly, differential geometry and classical mechanics, stochastic differential geometry and statistical and quantum me chanics, and infinite-dimensional differential geometry of teams of diffeomor phisms and hydrodynamics. The unification of those issues lower than the canopy of 1 publication seems, in spite of the fact that, really usual, because the exposition is predicated on a geometrically invariant type of the Newton equation and its analogs taken as a primary legislations of motion.

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Therefore, the field A + B(t) + C(t) satisfies the hypothesis of the classic theorem which guarantees the existence of a local solution of the Cauchy problem. 36 Chapter 2. Geometric Formalism of Newtonian Mechanics Furthermore, if a is locally Lipschitz in t, then the hypothesis of the uniqueness theorem is satisfied as well. ) Note that local solutions are, by the construction, absolutely continuous curves. Let (b(t), x(t)) be the local solution with the initial condition (0, 0-1C). The curve \(b(t),x(t)) is absolutely continuous in TM and, thus, the tangent vector Y(t) = TA(A+ B(t) + C(t)) = ZA(b(t),x(t)) + TA(B(t) +C(t))A(b(t),x(t)) exists for almost all t.

Let the constraint be totally nonholonomic. Then any two points in M can be joined by a length-minimizing nonholonomic geodesic. 5. , vectors in TM orthogonal to /3). Therefore, once the beginning mo E M of a lengthminimizing geodesic is fixed, the space of initial conditions has dimension n. Thus, as mentioned above, if the constraint is totally nonholonomic, length- minimizing geodesics (beginning at mo) fill in the entire manifold M. This question is discussed in more detail in [136] and [137].

Geometric Formalism of Newtonian Mechanics 4. A. Basic Notions The description and analysis of classical mechanical systems by means of differential and, first of all, Riemannian geometry is called geometric mechanics. , a horizontal 1-form a on TM, which in general is timedependent. The tangent space TM is called the coordinate-velocity phase space and the cotangent space T*M is called the coordinate-momentum phase space [77]. , )C(X) = (X, X)/2, where X E TX and (,) is a fixed Riemannian metric on M.