# How to differentiate e^(x+y) for x?

1. Feb 7, 2008

### gtfitzpatrick

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

if f(x,y) is e^(x+y) am i right in saying dy/dx is e^(x+y)

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. Feb 7, 2008

### HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
If y is not a function of x, dy/dx makes no sense at all! (Except for dy/dx= 0.)
The notation f(x,y)= ex+y implies that x and y are independent variables. Without further information, you can find $\partial f/\partial x$ or $\partial f/\partial y$ but not dy/dx.

If, for example, you know that f(x,y)= ex+y= constant, then you can use "implicit differentiation": (1+ dy/dx)ex+y= 0 and determine that dy/dx= -1.

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