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Difference between differentiation and partial differentiation

  1. Oct 2, 2008 #1
    g = GM/r^2.. since g is an acceleration, Can g be written like this?...g = dv/dt differentiation of velocity..Or partial derivative ∂v/∂t...is this correct...wat is the difference between differentiation and partial differentiation..can somebody explain me which is correct...
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  3. Oct 2, 2008 #2


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    g = GM/r^2 gives the acceleration due to gravity.

    a = dv/dt is the basic definition of acceleration (which can be cause be any other force, not just gravity)

    Partial differentiation is used when there are more than one independent variables. But since the study of motion in introductory physics uses just one independent variable -- time -- partial derivatives are not relevant.
  4. Oct 2, 2008 #3
    Thanks for the info..
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