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Homework Help: Implicit Differentiation Help

  1. Jul 11, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find dy / dx for sqrt(xy) = x - 2y.

    2. Relevant equations

    I don't know how to simplify

    [(xy' + y) / 2sqrt(xy)] = (1 - 2y')


    y' = [- y + 2sqrt(xy)] / [x + 4sqrt(xy)].

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I do everything Wolfram Alpha does here:


    and at the end of the steps shown above, I want to multiply (1 - 2y') by 2sqrt(xy), to get

    2sqrt(xy) - 4y'sqrt(xy)

    although I don't think that's correct.

    Help please.

    I just realized all I d is solve for y' (didn't occur to me for some reason), and now need to know if I plug in the original equation into all of the y values (I think I remember seeing my prof. do this in class). Ayuda me por favor.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 12, 2012
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  3. Jul 11, 2012 #2


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    Yes, that's correct. Now rearrange the terms so that the ones with y' are on one side, and the other terms are on the other. Solve for y'.

    EDIT: It looks like you figured it out already.
  4. Jul 12, 2012 #3
    Thanks. I appreciate it.
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