# How to define a variable as a function of another variable?

I want to define a variable q which is a function of t. And I want to define another variable qdot = dq/dt.

Then what I want to archive is that if I have a function f = a*Sin[q], and when I take the derivative df = D[f,t], Mathematica returns:

a*qdot*Cos[q].


Is there a way to do this?

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Try using Dt[] instead of D[] –  belisarius Aug 20 '13 at 18:58
You mean like this: f[t_] := a*Sin[q[t]]; D[f[t], t] gives a Cos[q[t]] q'[t] !Mathematica graphics –  Nasser Aug 20 '13 at 19:13
@belisarius The problem with Dt[] is that the constant in my function also got differentiated. –  auzn Aug 22 '13 at 4:14
@Nasser I tried your suggestion and it gives me a good result. I can even define q'[t_]:=qdot[t], so D[f[t],t] gives Cos[q[t]]qdot[t] –  auzn Aug 22 '13 at 14:17
@Nasser If this works for the OP, please consider posting an answer:) –  Kuba Sep 23 '13 at 23:51