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Chain Rule Proof

  • #1

Homework Statement


If Z= F(x-y), show that Zx + Zy = 0


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The Attempt at a Solution


Suppose I let Q = x-y. Then, by chain rule,

Fx(Q) * 1 + Fy(Q) * -1. By identity, this statement must hold for all values x,y. In particular, it must hold for x=y. By x=y,

Fy(Q) * 1 + Fy(Q) * -1 = 0.

Is this legitimate?
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
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I'm not sure what you mean by Fx(Q) * 1 + Fy(Q) * -1. Are you differentiating F(Q) with respect to x and to y?
 
  • #3
Deveno
Science Advisor
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F is just a real-valued function, it only has one derivative.

if Q(x,y) = x-y, then Q has 2 partials, Qx and Qy.

using the chain rule we get:

Zx = F'(Q)Qx

your turn.
 

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