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Homework Help: Implicit differentiation; need help reproducing textbook derivation

  1. Sep 19, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    (The fourth equation is the central one)

    first, we have [itex]\frac{1}{r}=\frac{a}{b^2}(1+ecosθ)[/itex] and [itex]b^2=a^2(1-e^2)[/itex]

    now using these two, we transform

    [itex]acosψ=ae+rcosθ[/itex] into [itex](1-ecosψ)(1+ecosθ)=\frac{b^2}{a^2}[/itex]

    we want to find [itex]dθ/dψ[/itex], and the author performs an inplicit differentiation, and the result in the book is (treating θ as a function of ψ)

    2. Relevant equations
    stated above

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I performed the implicit differentiation and got:

    Is my implicit differentiation wrong or are some transformations needed? I tried to match the result in the book using the first two equations together with my result without success..
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 20, 2014 #2
    Never mind, I found it. I just needed to use a relation between sinψ and sinθ (which I have not posted here).
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