
Doing the chain rule
Posted:
Nov 21, 2012 7:50 PM


Suppose I have a function u(x, y). I have a transformation from (X, Y) to (x, y) via u(x,y) = U(X,Y) and
X = f(x,y) Y = g(x,y)
Using Mathematica, how do I compute the derivatives u_x, u_y, u_{xx}, u_{yy}, etc. in terms of U?
For example, u_x = f_x U_X + g_y U_Y
For example, if X = y  x Y = y^2  x^2
then u_x = U_X + 2x U_Y.
The problem here is that without knowing the inverses of f(x,y) and g(x,y), I don't know how to get Mathematica to work out the chain rules. For example, can you show me how to compute u_{xx} in mathematica using the above example?

