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Calculus-differentiation Help Please

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calculus--differentiation Help Please!!!

if [tex]x=\rho cos \theta[/tex] and [tex] y=\rho sin \theta[/tex]

prove that if U is a twice differentiable function of x and y that
[tex]\frac{\partial^2U}{\partial x^2} + \frac{\partial^2 U}{\partial y^2} = \frac{\partial^2 U}{\partial \rho^2} + \frac{1}{\rho}\frac{\partial U}{\partial \rho} + \frac{1}{\rho^2}\frac{\partial^2 U}{\partial \theta^2}[/tex]

I have absolutely no clue how to get started on this one.

thanks
 

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  • #2
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anyone...........
 
  • #3
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Try using the chain rule to find [tex]\frac{\partial U}{\partial\theta} [/tex]. The do it agian to find the second derivatives. Hope it works!
 
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I could try this except for the fact that i do not know what U equals...is there some assumption i am supposed to make here
 
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No assumption. Just use [tex]\frac{\partial U}{\partial \theta } = \frac{\partial U}{\partial x} \frac{\partial x}{\partial \theta}+ \frac{\partial U}{\partial y} \frac{\partial y}{\partial \theta}[/tex]
 
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its messy!
 
  • #7
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i'm sorry i don't quite understand what i am supposed to be doing here. can i get a some explanation as to how and why to start this. i have really no idea here. thanks
 
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