Important information regarding the recent AMS power outage.

The transformer that provides electricity to the AMS building in Providence went down on Sunday, April 22. The restoration of our email, website, AMS Bookstore and other systems is almost complete. We are currently running on a generator but overnight a new transformer should be hooked up and (fingers crossed) we should be fine by 8:00 (EDT) Wednesday morning. This issue has affected selected phones, which should be repaired by the end of today. No email was lost, although the accumulated messages are only just now being delivered so you should expect some delay.

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A Primer on the Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory
Mike Mesterton-Gibbons 
Publication Year: 2009
ISBN-10: 0-8218-4772-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-4772-5
Student Mathematical Library, vol. 50

This page is maintained by the author.

Contact information:

  • Mike Mesterton-Gibbons
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Florida State University
  • Tallahassee, FL 32306-4510, USA
  • Email:
  • Web:

Photograph of Mike Mesterton-Gibbons

Photo of the author courtesy of Sarah Mesterton-Gibbons

Supplementary material for Lecture 3 as a pdf file [50 KB].  Posted January 19, 2010.

Errata as a PDF file.  Posted May 3, 2017

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