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PDE constrained to a curve

  1. Jul 2, 2013 #1
    Hello folks,

    If we have the expression, say

    [itex]\frac{∂f}{∂r}[/itex]+[itex]\frac{∂f}{∂θ}[/itex], am I allowed to change it to


    if "f" is constrained to the curve r=r(θ).

    My reasoning is that since the curve equation is known, then f does not really depend on the angle θ, but only on r (and r is a function of the angle, kind of a compound function).

    Does this make sense?
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  3. Jul 3, 2013 #2


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    This seems right conceptually, but notationally, some of those should be partial derivatives.
    ##\frac{\partial f}{\partial r} + \frac{\partial f}{\partial r} \frac{dr}{d\theta} = \frac{df}{dr}##
  4. Jul 3, 2013 #3
    Yes, thank you, this makes a lot of sense. The chain rule for partial derivatives.
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