Noether's theory in classical nonconservative mechanics
Abstract
Noether's theorem and Noether's inverse theorem for mechanical systems with nonconservative forces are established. The existence of first integrals depends on the existence of solutions of the generalized NoetherBesselHagen equation or, which is the same, on the existence of solutions of the Killing system of partial differential equations. The theory is based on the idea that the transformations of time and generalized coordinates together with dissipative forces determine the transformations of generalized velocities, as it is the case with variations in a variational principle of Hamilton's type for purely nonconservative mechanics. By using the theory, a few new first integrals for nonconservative problems are obtained.
 Publication:

Acta Mechanica
 Pub Date:
 1975
 Bibcode:
 1975AcMec..23...17D
 Keywords:

 Classical Mechanics;
 Existence Theorems;
 Mathematical Models;
 Nonconservative Forces;
 Equations Of Motion;
 EulerLagrange Equation;
 Partial Differential Equations;
 Transformations (Mathematics);
 Variational Principles;
 Physics (General)