1. ## partial derivative question

seems pretty simple but the $tan(\phi)$ on the left side threw me off

$tan(\phi) = \frac {X_L}{R}$ ; find $\frac {\partial \phi}{\partial R}$

Answer key states in the first step that:

$\frac {\partial \phi}{\partial R}= \frac {1}{(\frac {X_L}{R^2}) + 1} * \frac {-X_L}{R^2}$

not sure how they got $\frac {1}{(\frac {X_L}{R^2}) + 1}$

2. EDIT: $\sec^{2} \phi \ \frac{d \phi}{d R} = - \frac{X_{L}}{R^{2}}$

but $\sec^{2} \phi = 1+\tan^{2}\phi$

so $\frac{d \phi}{d R} = - \frac{1}{1+\tan^{2} \phi}\frac{X_{L}}{R^{2}} = - \frac{1}{1+(\frac{X_{L}}{R})^{2}} \frac{X_{L}}{R^{2}}$

3. edit: when you substitute $\tan^2 \phi$ for $\frac {X_L}{R}$ the whole fraction becomes squared, however, in the answer just the $R$ in the denominator is squared, not the $X_L$

4. Originally Posted by dben
edit: when you substitute $\tan^2 \phi$ for $\frac {X_L}{R}$ the whole fraction becomes squared, however, in the answer just the $R$ in the denominator is squared, not the $X_L$
It has to be a misprint.

5. yea, i put it down for the day and looked at it again tonight and realized it is a misprint. The final answer that is printed only works if the whole fraction is squared...Thanks!

dave