Hi there, I'm a new user to the forums (and Calculus) and I 'm hoping you can give me your opinion on my chain rule form below. When learning the chain rule, I was taught two forms. This form:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

[tex]\frac{d}{dx}f(g(x))=f'(g(x))g'(x)[/tex]

As well as the Leibniz form

[tex]\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{dy}{du}\frac{du}{dx}[/tex] where [tex]y=f(u)[/tex] and [tex]u=g(x)[/tex]

I prefer the Leibniz notation, except that it requires you to understand that [tex]y=f(u)[/tex] and [tex]u=g(x)[/tex], to really understand the d/dx expression.

So my question is if there is a way to make Liebniz more explicit? ie. Does the following make sense? Is it correct?

[tex]\frac{d}{dx}f(g(x)) = \frac{df(g(x))}{dg(x)}\frac{dg(x)}{dx}[/tex]

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# Chain rule notation - can Leibniz form be made explicit?

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