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Different between Partial and Ordinary derivative

  1. Jan 21, 2008 #1
    I took already Calculus and Ordinary differential equations but my fluids mechanics Professor ask us to write to pages about the difference between a partial and a ordinary derivative. The problem is that the only thing I know is that ordinary derivative are the differentiation of a function of one variable, and partial derivative the differentiation of a function of multiple variables about one variable.

    This won't fill 2 pages. Somebody could help with some other differences?
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2008
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  3. Jan 21, 2008 #2


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    Comparing the total (ordinary) derivative of a function with multiple variables to the partial der. with resp. to one of the variables would be more illuminating and voluminous.
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