• roeb
In summary, when calculating the partial derivative of r' with respect to y', it is incorrect to simply solve for r' and take the derivative of y'. This is because r' is a function of both r and \theta, which are both functions of time. Instead, the partial derivative must be calculated using the chain rule, taking into account the derivatives of both r and \theta with respect to y'. This can be seen when expanding the partial derivative of L with respect to y', where L is a function of r', \theta', r, and \theta.
roeb

## Homework Statement

In polar coords: y = rsin($$\theta$$)
y' = dy/dt = r'sin($$\theta$$) + rcos($$\theta$$) $$\theta$$'

If I want $$\partial r' / \partial y'$$ can I just solve for r' and take the derivative of y'?

so

$$\partial r' / \partial y' = 1 / sin \theta$$

I am hoping this is incorrect because I am getting the wrong answer on another part of a problem...

## The Attempt at a Solution

Starting with y = r sin($\theta$),
$\partial y/\partial r = \partial (r sin(\theta)) = sin(\theta)$

So $\partial r/\partial y = 1/sin(\theta)$

Why do you have the primes on your partial derivative? I'm pretty sure that's an oversight on your part.

If you're trying to calculate dy/dt, and y is a function of both r and $\theta$, and r and $\theta$ are functions of t alone, then
dy/dt = $\partial y/\partial r * dr/dt + \partial y/\partial \theta * d \theta/dt$

The primes actually are indicating time derivatives, let me expand upon my question

I'm actually trying to do the following

$$\frac{\partial L}{\partial y'} = \frac{\partial L}{\partial r} \frac{\partial r}{\partial y'} + \frac{\partial L}{\partial \theta} \frac{\partial \theta}{ \partial y'}+ \frac{\partial L }{\partial r'} \frac{\partial r'}{\partial y'} + \frac{\partial L}{\partial \theta '} \frac{\partial \theta '}{\partial \y '}$$

I am having a hard time find the various partial derivs with respect to y' (or maybe I'm not).

L is actually L = T-U where T = KE = 1/2 m (x'^2 + y'^2) and U doesn't matter in this case
so in other words, y' and x' are the velocities in y and x.

where of course
x = rcos(theta)
y = rsin(theta)

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## 1. What is differentiation?

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