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Partial derivatives and chain rule?

  1. Nov 20, 2015 #1
    F(r,s,t,v) = r^2 + sv + t^3, where: r = x^2 +y^2+z^2 /// s = xyz /// v = xe^y /// t = yz^2
    find Fxx
    i have 2 solutions for this and i am not sure what is the right one
    the first solution finds Fx then uses formula : Fxx = Fxr.Rx + Fxs.Sx + Fxv.Vx+Fxt.Tx
    the 2nd solution find Fx then uses the formula : Fxx = Frx.Rx + Fr.Rxx + Fsx.Sx + Fs.Sxx + Fvx.Vx + Fv.Vxx = Frr.(Rx)^2+Fr.Rxx + Fss.(Sx)^2 + Fs.Sxx + Fvv.(Vx)^2 + Fv.Vxx
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  3. Nov 20, 2015 #2


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    It should be easy to figure out which one is correct. Just express ##F## in terms of ##x, y, z## and ##t## and differentiate.
  4. Nov 20, 2015 #3
    it was giving me a third answer at first but i discovered a mistake which i made in the calculations, i know the correct one now
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