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Homework Help: Derivative implicit differentiation problem

  1. Jul 20, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Consider the curve satisfying the equation 2(x+1)^(tanx)=(y^2)cosx+y and find dy/dx

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I've tried taking the natural log of both sides and then taking d/dx of both sides but something seems to go wrong with my algebra each time.. that or I'm getting confused about my natural log / implicit differentiation rules. I'm not actually sure if I'm approaching the problem correctly but here's one of the many attempts I've made:

    ln2 + tanxln(x+1) = 2lny + lncosx + lny(??)
    1/2 + sec^2xln(x+1) + tanx(1/x+1) = 2y'/y + sin(x)/cos(x) + y'/y
    something should already be wrong so i won't post the rest of the work but i know the answer is supposed to be dy/dx = [2(x+1)^(tanx)[sec^2xln(x+1)+(tanx)/(x+1)]+(y^2)(sinx)]/ all over (2ycosx+1). Need help getting there, thanks!
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  3. Jul 20, 2011 #2
    It looks like you tried to distribute the natural log over addition, which doesn't work. The left hand side is fine, but the right hand side should be
    [tex]\ln (y^2 \cos(x) + y)[/tex]
    Or I suppose you could divide out the y from the original expression, but that won't really help, seeing as you'd just have to combine the two fractions you get after differentiating.
  4. Jul 20, 2011 #3


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    The hard part for you seems to be differentiating (x+1)^tan(x). f(x)^g(x)=e^(ln(f(x))*g(x)) since f(x)=e^(ln(f(x)). Try differentiating it in that form.
  5. Jul 20, 2011 #4
    Once I have the right side down to 1/y^2(cosx+y) [?] how do I find dy/dx?
  6. Jul 20, 2011 #5


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    If you have the right side down to " 1/y^2(cosx+y) " ... Where did dy/dx go, and what is in the numerator & what in the denominator?

    By the way: 1/y^2(cosx+y) literally is the same as (cosx+y)/y2 . It helps to use enough parentheses to say what you mean
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