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Implicit differentiation

  1. Sep 8, 2008 #1
    Im trying to solve this function, that is part of a larger equation:


    \frac{d}{dx} xe^y


    do I need to get rid of the x term so the y term is dy/dx?
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  3. Sep 8, 2008 #2


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    I'm guessing that your attempting to evaluate the derivative, rather than 'solve' the function. I'm also assuming that y is a function of x, in which case you have a product of two functions of x. Hence, I would say that the product rule (followed by the chain rule) would be useful.
  4. Sep 8, 2008 #3
    thanks...I got it with the product rule!
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