# Perfect Differential.

## Homework Statement

Hi, I have an exam tomorrow and I'm trying to do the following question which I've almost solved:

Find the perfect differential of the following:

[(x² + 2xy) / (x + y)² ]dx - [x² / (x + y)² ]dy

I differentiated the first term with respect to 'y' and then the second term with respect to x, equated them but they werent the same, what could I be doing wrong?

The problem is I can't seem to get both terms to equal eachother unless i cancel the denominator..but why cant i get them to equal eachother if i differentiate with the denominators too? Should be the same...?

## The Attempt at a Solution

quasar987
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I get that they are not equal either.

I get that they are not equal either.

If I were to cancel the denominator and then differentiate they actually equal eachother. I'm guessing this question was meant to trick me into cancelling it then?

quasar987
I know what determining whether a differential is a perfect differential or not means but this seems to imply that there is some perfect differential associated with this differential. My first guess my be to change it in someway so that this becomes a perfect differential- for example, multiplying the entire expression by $(x+ y)^2$ makes it a perfect differential- but that is certainly not unique so "the" perfect differential would not apply.