Ex 1.1: Motion on a Sphere

Functional Differential Geometry


The metric for a unit sphere, expressed in colatitude \displaystyle{\theta} and longitude \displaystyle{\phi}, is

\displaystyle{g(u,v) = d\theta(u) d \theta(v) + (\sin \theta)^2 d \phi (u) d \phi (v)}

Compute the Lagrange equations for motion of a free particle on the sphere and convince yourself that they describe great circles. For example, consider the motion on the equator \displaystyle{\theta = \pi/2} and motion on a line of longitude (\displaystyle{\phi} is constant).


(define ((Lfree mass) state)
  (* 1/2 mass (square (velocity state))))

(define ((sphere->R3 R) state)
  (let ((q (coordinate state)))
    (let ((theta (ref q 0)) (phi (ref q 1)))
      (up (* R (sin theta) (cos phi))
          (* R (sin theta) (sin phi))
          (* R (cos theta))))))

(define ((F->C F) local)
  (up (time local)
      (F local)
      (+ (((partial 0) F) local)
         (* (((partial 1) F) local)
            (velocity local)))))

(define (Lsphere m R)
  (compose (Lfree m) (F->C (sphere->R3 R))))

 ((Lsphere 'm 'R)
  (up 't
      (up 'theta 'phi)
      (up 'thetadot 'phidot))))

    (Lsphere 'm 'R))
    (literal-function 'theta)
    (literal-function 'phi)))

\displaystyle{  \begin{aligned}    - \sin \theta (D \phi)^2 \cos \theta + D^2 \theta &= 0 \\     2 \sin \theta D \theta D \phi \cos \theta + D^2 \phi (\sin \theta)^2 &= 0 \\ \\      D^2 \theta &= (D \phi)^2 \cos \theta \sin \theta \\      D( D \phi (\sin \theta)^2) &= 0 \\ \\    \end{aligned}}



\displaystyle{  \begin{aligned}    D \phi (\sin \theta)^2 &\equiv C \\ \\    \end{aligned}}

for some constant C.


Since \displaystyle{  \begin{aligned}    D \phi (\sin \theta)^2 &= 0 \\ \\    \end{aligned}} for some \theta,

\displaystyle{  \begin{aligned}    D \phi (\sin \theta)^2 &\equiv 0 \\ \\    \end{aligned}}

This is equivalent to setting up the coordinate system such that the initial value of \theta equals zero.


Also, since \displaystyle{  \begin{aligned}    (\sin \theta)^2 &\ne 0 \\ \\    \end{aligned}} for some \theta,

\displaystyle{  \begin{aligned}    D \phi &\equiv 0 \\ \\    \end{aligned}}


— Me@2022-10-08 04:56:27 PM



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