least-energy principle

least-energy principle

[¦lēst ′en·ər·jē ‚prin·sə·pəl]
(mechanics)
The principle that the potential energy of a system in stable equilibrium is a minimum relative to that of nearby configurations.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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