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Homework Help: Taking derivatives of DE to find higher derivatives

  1. Jul 6, 2012 #1
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    I dont understand the part where they take the derivative of a diff eq to find the higher derivatives can somebody explain it?
    Mainly the answer where they get
    y''=(y'')'=(1-y^2)'=-2yy'(this part)
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  3. Jul 6, 2012 #2


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    hi shemer77! :smile:

    (try using the X2 button just above the Reply box :wink:)
    since you have an equation for y'', you use it to simplify all the higher derivatives

    (1-y2)' = (-y2)' = (use the chain rule) (-2y)(y)'
    similarly, use the product rule for (-2yy')' :wink:
  4. Jul 6, 2012 #3
    Hmm ok I think I understand the second one but for the first one what I've been taught is
    where does that extra y' come from?
  5. Jul 6, 2012 #4


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    remember that ' means d/dx, not d/dy

    so the chain rule gives you

    y2' = d/dx (y2)

    = d/dy (y2) * dy/dx

    = 2y * y' :wink:
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