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Drakkith

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## Main Question or Discussion Point

I'm in Calc 1 and the Chain Rule is giving me one hell of a rough time. I've spent about 10-12 hours over the last few days just on the homework problems in this one section (only getting about 15-20 problems done) and still feel like I barely understand it. Does anyone have any tips, tricks, hints, or suggestions that you found helpful when learning the chain rule?

I understand that the chain rule is used when you have composite functions, but there's something about the whole process that makes it super difficult for some reason. Perhaps its trying to keep track of each function as I work? I've tried using letters in place of the functions when I decompose them, but it's almost equally confusing. Writing out the entire function as I go seems to work, but it takes forever and is prone to sign errors and other little mistakes. Any suggestions with this?

And if someone tells me to just do more problems I'm going to wrap the chain rule around their neck and pull it tight!!

Thanks!

I understand that the chain rule is used when you have composite functions, but there's something about the whole process that makes it super difficult for some reason. Perhaps its trying to keep track of each function as I work? I've tried using letters in place of the functions when I decompose them, but it's almost equally confusing. Writing out the entire function as I go seems to work, but it takes forever and is prone to sign errors and other little mistakes. Any suggestions with this?

And if someone tells me to just do more problems I'm going to wrap the chain rule around their neck and pull it tight!!

Thanks!