Re: Creating a function that is a derivative of another function??
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- Subject: [mg86763] Re: Creating a function that is a derivative of another function??
- From: dh <dh at metrohm.ch>
- Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 02:56:00 -0500 (EST)
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Hi Eric, if you say: dW this is replaced by: D[W,0], not exactly what you want. But the solution is simple: dW[t_]= W'[t] hope this helps, Daniel Eric wrote: > I have a function: > > W[t_] := a*t + b*t^2 + c*t^3 > > I want the derivative of this funtion wrt t as another function. The following seems like it works: > > dW[t_] := D[W[t], t] > > dW[t] > a + 2 b t + 3 c t^2 > > But something isn't right?? > > dW > General::ivar: 0 is not a valid variable. >> > (output line has a partial derivative symbol, subscript 0 followed by a 0) > > The description of the General::ivar error isn't help either?? > > Any idea what's going on here?? How can I assign the derivative of a function as another funtion?! > > Thanks > Eric >