01-28-2010, 08:40 PM

I am trying to figure out how to get the 50g to take the time derivatives symbolicly for r in dynamics problems. so r dot and r double dot as a function of theta. So the question is, is there a way to make the calculator see theta symbolicly as some unknown function of time instead of as a constant so that when it takes the derivative it executes the chain rule as it would if theta were a function instead of getting zero because it thinks theta is a constant. for instance if r = sin(theta) then r dot = cos(theta)*theta dot. instead the calculator just gives zero or if you take it with respect to theta then you just get cos(theta)

*Edited: 28 Jan 2010, 8:43 p.m. *