1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data My question is how do I take the time derivative of (theta dot)^2? 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution Is the answer just 2(theta double dot)^1 or do you use chain rule 2(theta dot)*(theta double dot)?
I take that your "dot" refers to differentiation with respect to time, t,- I will use a prime since it is simpler here- and you are asking about the derivative of [itex](\theta')^2[/itex]. The derivative of any [itex](f(t))^2[/itex] with respect to t is [itex]2f(t)f'(t)[/itex], by the chain rule, so the derivative of [itex](\theta(t)')^2[/itex] is [itex]2(\theta')(\theta'')[/itex].