# Dot product of v and v'

1. Mar 10, 2015

### Seung Ju Yoo

In a book I was reading, it says
F=mv'=P'

so dot producting on both sides with v

Fv = mv ⋅ dv/dt = 1/2 m d(v2)/dt = d(1/2 m v^2)/dt

I really don't get how v ⋅ dv/dt = 1/2 d(v2)/dt.
I have seen few threads and they say it's about product rule, but they don't really explain in detail.

Could anyone help me with this?

2. Mar 10, 2015

### PeroK

Welcome to PF!

$v^2 = \textbf{v.v}$

Can you now differentiate that equation?

3. Mar 10, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

V^2 = V . V

And the time derivative of it is V' . V + V . V'

4. Mar 10, 2015

### Seung Ju Yoo

Oh.. I see. I did not now that d(x ⋅ y)/dt = x' ⋅ y + x ⋅ y'

Knowing this, going right from left is easy, but I guess going left to right needs some practice to spot!

Thank you both peroK and Jedishrfu!

5. Mar 10, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

In Cartesian component form, what is $\vec{v}\centerdot d\vec{v}$?

Chet