ABSTRACT

One can state the following general principle. If one is looking for the maximum or minimum of some function of many variables subject to the condition that these variables are related by a constraint given by one or more equations, then one should add to the function whose extremum is sought the functions that yield the constraint equations each multiplied by undetermined multipliers and seek the maximum or minimum of the resulting sum as if the variables were independent. The resulting equations, combined with the constraint equations, will serve to determine all unknowns.