# Differentiate with Respect to Derivative

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Mitra Taghizadeh on 12 Sep 2022
Commented: Mitra Taghizadeh on 13 Sep 2022
Hi,
I have this code:
syms x(t) m k t
T = m/2*diff(x(t),t)^2;
D1 = diff(T,diff(x(t), t))
But I got this error:
Second argument must be a variable or a nonnegative integer specifying the number of differentiations.
Do you know how can I have the differentiate with respect to derivative?!

David Goodmanson on 12 Sep 2022
Hello Mitra,
what version of Matlab are you running? Running your code in 2021b gives
D1 =
m*diff(x(t), t)
as desired. Running it in 2019b gives the error message that you have. So there must have been some improvements in the interim. The following workaround, though, runs in 2019b and gives the correct result:
syms x(t) m k t dxdt
T = m/2*diff(x(t),t)^2;
T = subs(T,diff(x(t),t),dxdt);
D1 = diff(T,dxdt);
D1 = subs(D1,dxdt,diff(x(t),t))
D1 =
m*diff(x(t), t)
Mitra Taghizadeh on 13 Sep 2022
Thank you David. It works.

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