Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Problems understanding differentiation in physics

  1. Jun 30, 2010 #1
    Hey, i have problems in understanding how to solve physics problems using differentiation or integrals (like for mechanical work).

    I just finished 12th grade, and in high school we don't use differentiation or integration in physics (maybe just a little bit in 12 grade, but that doesn't count).

    You can explain this by taking a basic formula, like acceleration: f88dff5a6af50b850a2c90d130f6910d.png . I know what[tex]\frac{dv}{dt}[/tex] means, its the acceleration (a = v/t). Maybe you can give me a simple exercise ? using differentiation...

    one more thing, i never used Leibniz's notation for differentiating at school or in any other context, so maybe if some1 can "translate" it using Lagrange's notation (if its possible) with f', i'd appreciate it.

    I'm not very interested in the mechanical work line integral because i don't learn line integrals in high-school.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2010
  2. jcsd
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Can you offer guidance or do you also need help?
Draft saved Draft deleted