This paper is an elementary introduction to the concepts of variational iteration method. First, the main concepts in variational iteration method, such as general Lagrange multiplier, restricted variation, correction functional, are explained heuristically. Subsequently, the solution procedure is systematically addressed, in particular, for nonlinear oscillators. Particular attention is paid throughout the paper to give an intuitive grasp for the method. The main motivation is to put things together in a convenient form for later reference and systematic use. (C) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
- variational iteration method; nonlinear equations
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