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Is y'(x) acceptable notation?

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This is just me being pedantic :)
 

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Dick
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This is just me being pedantic :)
Acceptable notation for what?
 
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Unclear. What is y ? What is y(x) ? What is y'(x)?

The apostrophe mark may mean either, "the other specified...", or it may mean, "first derivative of...".

If you are giving your function the variable name of y(x), then most likely one would use y'(x) to mean, the first derivative of y(x) with respect to x.
 
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I don't see anything wrong with y'(x), but I guess it depends on whether you had something non-standard in mind.

If you are giving your function the variable name of y(x),
I have never been a fan of calling y(x) a function. y is the function. y(x) is a number in the range of y. y' is the derivative of y. y'(x) is the value of y' at x, and also the derivative of y at x.
 
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