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Yet it should be noted that there can exist weak extremals which have no weak minimum or maximum property at all ("saddles"). f(v) Z 5(u) holds for all v with v - u e C, '([Y, R") and lv - upc,,a, < e. 16 Chapter 1. The First Variation We also note that "local minimality" will in general not imply global minimality. This can be seen from the great circles on a sphere which are the extremals of the length functionaL Sufficiently small arcs on a great circle provide a minimal connection of their endpoints whereas arcs containing a pair of antipodal points in their interior are not global minimizers.
Correspondingly, the surfaces of revolution with catenanes of the type u(x) = c cosh - c as meridians are called catenoids. It turns out that they are surfaces of mean curvature zero, and therefore it can be proved that they furnish a stationary value of the area functional not only in the class of rotationally symmetric curves but among all surfaces with fixed, rotationally symmetric boundaries. 1 of the Euler equations only requires that u E C'(Q, RN)ofhclass whereas relation (1) of this subsection, at least in the classical interpre- tation, needs that u be C2(Q, R"), This fact has been assumed in the statement of the theorem, and it will turn out that it is not automatically satisfied.
For minimizers u of the Dirichlet integral and of the area functional the natural boundary condition states that the normal derivative of u at the boundary of Sl has to vanish. 3. The proofs are carried out by means of the mollifier technique. C1-solutions u of (4) will be called weak extremals. If such a solution u is even of class C2, an integration by parts will lead to Euler's equation LF(u) = 0 1. The First Variation 5 the solutions of which are called extremals. 1. There we shall also state a condition ensuring that weak extremals of one-dimensional variational problems are in fact of class C2 and therefore solutions of Euler's equation.