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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2006, Article ID 65379, 12 pages

The use of Adomian decomposition method for solving problems in calculus of variations

Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Amirkabir University of Technology, 424 Hafez Avenue, Tehran 15875-4413, Iran

Received 16 March 2005; Revised 9 August 2005; Accepted 12 September 2005

Copyright © 2006 Mehdi Dehghan and Mehdi Tatari. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this paper, a numerical method is presented for finding the solution of some variational problems. The main objective is to find the solution of an ordinary differential equation which arises from the variational problem. This work is done using Adomian decomposition method which is a powerful tool for solving large amount of problems. In this approach, the solution is found in the form of a convergent power series with easily computed components. To show the efficiency of the method, numerical results are presented.