Calculus 2 : Derivatives of Vectors

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Example Question #1 : Derivatives Of Vectors

Given the following vector:

Find the second derivative of .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

In order to obtain the second derivative, we will have to differentiate each component twice. We know how to differentiate the following:

.

We also have :

and this gives:

For the constant component , we know that it is derivative is zero.

This gives us the solution that we are looking for:

Example Question #3 : Derivatives Of Parametric, Polar, And Vector Functions

Given that  . We define its gradient as :

Let  be given by:

 

What is the gradient of ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

By definition, to find the gradient vector , we will have to find the gradient components. We know that the gradient components are that partial derivatives.

We know that in our case we have :

 

To see this, fix all other variables and assume that you have only  as the only variable.

Now we apply the given defintion , i.e,

with :

this gives us the solution .

 

Example Question #4 : Derivatives Of Parametric, Polar, And Vector Functions

Let .

We define the gradient of as:

Let .

Find the vector gradient.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

We note first that :

Using the Chain Rule where  is the only variable here.

Using the Chain Rule where  is the only variable here.

Continuing in this fashion we have:

Again using the Chain Rule and assuming that  is the variable and all the others are constant.

Now applying the given definition of the gradient we have the required result.

 

 

Example Question #5 : Derivatives Of Parametric, Polar, And Vector Functions

Let 

What is the derivative of ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the derivative of this vector, all we need to do is to differentiate each component with respect to t.

Use the Power Rule and the Chain Rule when differentiating.

  is the derivative of the first component.

 of the second component.

 is the derivative of the last component . we obtain then:

Example Question #2 : Derivatives Of Vectors

Let  be given by:

Find the derivative of .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the derivative of u, we will have to find the derivative of every component.

Using the Chain Rule, we note that :

Continuing in the same fashion we have :

Ordering these components  pairwise , we have then:

this is what we needed to show.

Example Question #3 : Derivatives Of Vectors

Let  be given by:

with .

What is the value of ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To obtain the desired result, we will have to differentiate the expression of u with respect to each variable and add the derivatives.

We have

 

we can also write the above expression as :

Now summing up we have:

But we are given that :

This gives:

Example Question #4 : Derivatives Of Vectors

Let  and 

Let . What is the derivative of ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

One way to obtain the solution is that we first add the two functions to obtain and we differentiate with each component to get the result.

 Adding the two functions we obtain:

 

Now we will differentialte each component to get the derivative of .

We have :

Example Question #5 : Derivatives Of Vectors

We let  with .

What is the derivative of order  of ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To obtain the derivative we will need to compute the derivative of each component. Note that we have a polynomial in this case.

We are also given that  and  with m,n and s positive integers.

We know that if given , then 

so for k=n, we have 

and

for m< n  .

In the same manner we have :

 

This shows that the derivative of order n is given by:

 

Example Question #6 : Derivatives Of Vectors

Assuming that  is the vector position of a moving vehicle. Can the velocity be zero?

Possible Answers:

Yes at 

Yes at 

Never

Yes at 

Correct answer:

Never

Explanation:

We first have to determine the expression of the velocity and see what happens as we move toward infinity.

Let us first compute the derivative. To do that, we do it componentwize.

We have,

Therefore the expression of the velocity .

Since we have , , for all t.

The velocity can never be zero.

Example Question #7 : Derivatives Of Vectors

Let 

.

What are the values of  for which  is defined?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To have  defined, we need to have all the components defined on the same interval,  for 

 is defined for all t.

 is defined if 

This gives 

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