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Implicit differentiation

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Homework Statement



Find derivative of y with respect to x.

Sin(xy) = Sinx Siny


Homework Equations





The Attempt at a Solution



Use chain rule (product rule for inner function) to differentiate the left. Use product rule to differentiate the right and I get the following:

cos(xy)(y+xy') = (cosx siny) + (cosy' sinx)

distribute the cos(xy) on the left to get:
ycos(xy) + xy'cos(xy) = (cosx siny) + (cosy' sinx)

Rearrange to get y' on one side, everything else on the other.

ycos(xy) - cosx siny = -xy'cos(xy) + cosy' sinx

Now what? I don't understand how I'd solve for y' from here. Inverse cosine?
 

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cos(xy)(y+xy') = (cosx siny) + (cosy' sinx)
OOOOHHH, so close! You got the left side correct, and you got the first term on the right side correct. But you got the second term wrong. When you take the derivative of [itex]\cos(y)[/itex] with respect to [itex]x[/itex] you have to use the chain rule.
 
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You have an error here:
cos(xy)(y+xy') = (cosx siny) + (cosy' sinx)
d/dx(cos(y)) isn't cos(y')
 

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