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Dot product of v and v'

  1. Mar 10, 2015 #1
    In a book I was reading, it says

    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?
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  3. Mar 10, 2015 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

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

    Can you now differentiate that equation?
  4. Mar 10, 2015 #3


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    V^2 = V . V

    And the time derivative of it is V' . V + V . V'
  5. Mar 10, 2015 #4

    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!
  6. Mar 10, 2015 #5
    In Cartesian component form, what is ##\vec{v}\centerdot d\vec{v}##?

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