Chain rule.

1. Nov 11, 2011

sphyics

If a function is given by u = u(T,v) how to use the chain rule to write how u changes with respect to T & v.
i understand chain rule as $\frac{du}{dx}$ = $\frac{du}{dy}$ $\frac{dy}{dx}$

2. Nov 11, 2011

mathman

Assuming T and v are both functions of x, the chain rule gives:
du/dx = (∂u/∂T)(dT/dx) + (∂u/∂v)(dv/dx)

3. Nov 11, 2011

sphyics

very much thanks for ur quick response :)

how does the symbol differs in meaning with d

4. Nov 12, 2011

JHamm

$\partial$ (read "partial") is basically the equivalent of $d$ in multivariable calculus, it means you take the derivative of a function with respect to a variable while considering all other variables as constants during that operation.

For example if I have
$$F = x^2 + 2xy + \frac{x}{y}$$
Then
$$\frac{\partial F}{\partial x} = 2x + 2y + \frac{1}{y}$$
Can you find $\frac{\partial F}{\partial y}$? :)

5. Nov 12, 2011

sphyics

= 2x - x/y2

i think thats the right answer :)

6. Nov 12, 2011

JHamm

I think so too :)

7. Nov 12, 2011

sphyics

Appreciate ur help :)