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Implicit differentiation

  1. Oct 29, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    How do u implicitly differentiate (xy)^1/2

    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution

    Would it be 1/2(xy)^-1/2 multiplied by 1 and dy/dx. Thanks
     
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  3. Oct 29, 2007 #2

    Dick

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    It looks like you are trying to use the chain rule so you are on the right track. What's d/dx of xy? BTW, so far, this isn't implicit differentiation.
     
  4. Oct 29, 2007 #3
    what do u mean it isnt implicit differentiation?
     
  5. Oct 29, 2007 #4

    Dick

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    It's just differentiation. Implicit differentiation is where you take d/dx of an equation and then solve for dy/dx. There's no equation yet. And you haven't answered my question.
     
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