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Find derivative of ((rdot^2) + ((thetadot * r)^2))^(1/2)

  1. Jun 2, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    i have rdot which is equal to the dr/dt and I have thetadot which is equal to d(theta)/dt.
    I need to find the derivative of ((rdot^2)+((thetadot*r)^2))^(1/2)

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I believe that I am just making errors in my derivation, but I keep getting [2(dr^2/d^2t)+2thetadot*r+2((dtheta^2)/dt)*r]/((rdot^2)+((thetadot*r)^2))^(1/2)
     
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  3. Jun 2, 2009 #2

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    Re: Derivative

    Using the chainrule.

    [tex]
    \frac{d \dot{r}^2}{dt}=\frac{d \dot{r}^2}{d \dot{r}} \frac{d \dot{r}}{dt}=2 \dot{r} \frac{d \dot{r}}{dt}=2\dot{r}\ddot{r}[/tex]
     
  4. Jun 2, 2009 #3
    Re: Derivative

    okay. is there any other mistakes in my derivation now:
    [2(dr/dt)*(dr^2/d^2t)+2thetadot*r+2((dtheta^2)/dt)*r]/((rdot^2)+((thetadot*r)^2))^(1/2)
     
  5. Jun 2, 2009 #4

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    Re: Derivative

    I did the first term (without the root) for you so you could see how to use the chain rule. All you have done now is use my answer and replace the first term of your answer with mine. This really won't help you a lot. You used the chain rule incorrectly for the other terms as well. Use my example to get the correct answers and post your steps here. Don't forget that theta and r are functions of t so the chain rule needs to be applied on every term.
     
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  6. Jun 2, 2009 #5
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    okay. I have used the chain rule and got:
    [2*rdot*((dr^2)/d^2t) + 2*rdot*thetadot + 2*((dtheta^2)/d^2t)*r]/((rdot^2)+((thetadot*r)^2))^(1/2)
     
  7. Jun 2, 2009 #6

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    Re: Derivative

    It's almost correct. First off [itex](1\sqrt{x})'=1/(2\sqrt{x})[/itex]. Secondly you took the derivative of [tex]2\dot{\theta}r[/tex]. You should take the derivative of [tex](\dot{\theta}r)^2[/tex].
     
  8. Jun 2, 2009 #7
    Re: Derivative

    i thought the derivative of (theta*r)^2 was = 2*thetadot*dr/dt + 2*((dtheta^2)/d^2t)*r

    thus i got:
    [rdot*((dr^2)/d^2t) + rdot*thetadot + ((dthetadot^2)/d^2t)*r]/((rdot^2)+((thetadot*r)^2))^(1/2)
     
  9. Jun 2, 2009 #8

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    Re: Derivative

    That's basically saying dx^2/dx=2. Do you see where you went wrong now? You applied the product rule correctly after wards, the problem lies with the first step.
     
  10. Jun 2, 2009 #9
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    okay so should (theta*r)^2 be 2*thetadot*((dthetadot^2)/dt)*r^2 + 2*(thetadot^2)*dr/dt ?
     
  11. Jun 2, 2009 #10

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    Re: Derivative

    This part is wrong.

    I am not sure which chain rule "method" you were taught. But try to go back to basics and use that method step by step also writer as r(t) and theta as theta(t). This should prevent you from making mistakes. Secondly show the steps instead of just showing the final answer and asking whether it is right or not.
     
  12. Jun 2, 2009 #11
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    okay I begain with theta^2 times r^2 because it is the samething as (theta*r)^2. So using the product rule I get 2*r^2*theta*d(theta)/dt + 2*(theta^2)*r*dr/dt.
     
  13. Jun 2, 2009 #12

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    Re: Derivative

    If you replace theta by thetadot and thetadot by thetadotdot you have the correct answer. I guess that was a typo?
     
  14. Jun 2, 2009 #13
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    thank you for all your help.
     
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