In a recent paper by Ibragimov a method was presented in order to find Lagrangians of certain second-order ordinary differential equations admitting a two-dimensional Lie symmetry algebra. We present a method devised by Jacobi which enables one to derive (many) Lagrangians of any second-order differential equation. The method is based on the search of the Jacobi Last Multipliers for the equations. We exemplify the simplicity and elegance of Jacobi's method by applying it to the same two equations as Ibragimov did. We show that the Lagrangians obtained by Ibragimov are particular cases of some of the many Lagrangians that can be obtained by Jacobi's method.

An old method of Jacobi to find Lagrangians

NUCCI, Maria Clara;
2009

Abstract

In a recent paper by Ibragimov a method was presented in order to find Lagrangians of certain second-order ordinary differential equations admitting a two-dimensional Lie symmetry algebra. We present a method devised by Jacobi which enables one to derive (many) Lagrangians of any second-order differential equation. The method is based on the search of the Jacobi Last Multipliers for the equations. We exemplify the simplicity and elegance of Jacobi's method by applying it to the same two equations as Ibragimov did. We show that the Lagrangians obtained by Ibragimov are particular cases of some of the many Lagrangians that can be obtained by Jacobi's method.
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