# Change of Variables

1. Aug 31, 2011

### Candy309

Hi there

I am given xi=x/s(t) and T=h(t)F(xi,t) and I need to tranform deltaT/deltat. How do I do it? Do I use the chain rule? The answer to it is : s*(dh/dt)*F+s*h*(deltaF/deltat)-xi*(ds/dt)*h*(deltaF/deltaxi) but I don't know how to get this answer. Please help me. Thank you

2. Aug 31, 2011

### pwsnafu

What's delta T / delta t? Is this from discreet math?

3. Aug 31, 2011

### Candy309

Sorry it's $\deltaT$ /$\deltat$

4. Aug 31, 2011

### Candy309

Hi It's the greek letter delta. I want to tranform (delta T)/(delta t)

5. Aug 31, 2011

### Candy309

I have to solve a heat equation but first I must change the variables.

6. Aug 31, 2011

### Stephen Tashi

I think pwsnafu is asking whether $\frac{ \delta T}{\delta t}$ means the derivative of T with respect to t.

7. Aug 31, 2011

### pwsnafu

Yeah. I've never seen lower case delta used in that way before. Do you mean partial derivative?

8. Aug 31, 2011

### Candy309

Yes it is

9. Aug 31, 2011

### Candy309

How do you do the change of variable when xi=x-s(t)/1-s(t) and T=(1-s(t))*F(xi,t). I want to transform partial derivative of T with respect to t.

10. Aug 31, 2011

### jackmell

That's really messy . . . Candy. Looks like you have a chained list of variables:

$$\Xi(x,s)=\frac{x}{s}$$

$$s=s(t)$$

$$T(h,F)=h(t)F(\Xi,t)$$

and you want to compute:

$$\frac{dT}{dt}$$

so by the general chain-rule:

$$\frac{dT}{dt}=h(t)\frac{\partial}{\partial t} F(\Xi,t)+F\frac{dh}{dt}$$

and:

$$\frac{\partial}{\partial t} F(\Xi,t)=\frac{\partial F}{\partial \Xi}\frac{\partial \Xi}{\partial t}+\frac{\partial F}{\partial t}$$

anyway, doing all that and simplifying, I still don't get exactly what you posted as the answer (close though) so maybe I'm missing something. Maybe though you can clean it up for me.

11. Aug 31, 2011

### Candy309

The equation have to transform is d^2T/dx^2=dT/dt

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