Entries by PeroK

How to Solve Second-Order Partial Derivatives

Introduction A frequent concern among students is how to carry out higher order partial derivatives where a change of variables and the chain rule are involved.  There is often uncertainty about exactly what the “rules” are.  This tutorial aims to clarify how the higher-order partial derivatives are formed in this case. Note that in general…

A Beginner’s Guide to Baryons

Introduction At the beginning of the 20th century it was thought that all matter consisted of only three particles: the electron, the neutron and the proton.  The major outstanding question was how the neutrons held the positively changed protons together within the atomic nucleus. In the search to answer that question, however, it was found…

Demystifying the Chain Rule in Calculus

Introduction There are a  number of posts on PF involving a general confusion over the multi-vairiable chain rule.  The problem is often caused by a lack of clarity about the roles of functions and variables and what precisely each derivative means.  This insight is an attempt to clarify things. Part A: The Single-Variable Chain Rule…