Differential problem

1. Nov 20, 2007

Hakins90

Hmmm its really a maths question.

In my textbook it says - "$$v \frac {dv}{dx} = \frac {d}{dx} ( \frac 12 v^2)$$ by the chain rule."

I can't see how they made this jump from the L.H.S. to the R.H.S.

Thanks

Last edited: Nov 20, 2007
2. Nov 20, 2007

rock.freak667

Well if you differentiate the RHS w.r.t.x then you'll get $\frac{1}{2}*2v\frac{dv}{dx} = v\frac{dv}{dx}$ so it is really a matter of writing an equivalent statement on the RHS

3. Nov 20, 2007

Hakins90

Hmmm

I thought $$\frac {d}{dx} ( \frac 12 v^2) = 2 * \frac 12 * v = v$$ and not $$v \frac {dv}{dx}$$

Sorry if im being stupid :D

4. Nov 20, 2007

Hurkyl

Staff Emeritus
So you're telling me that dv/dx = 1? Why do you think that?

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