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- Homework Statement
- What purpose does "dx" have, and how can one solve for it?

I understand how to solve derivatives, but am confused as to why we divide by "dx" when we're clearly only solving for the derivative of "dy." Thus, couldn't one write d/dx(x^2) as simply d(x^2)?

- Relevant Equations
- dx = ?

My theory is that dx = 1(x^0) = 1, which would mean d/dx(x^2) = 2(x^1)/1(x^0) = 2x/1 = 2x.

I know that the derivative is literally the change in "y" over change in "x," but am confused as to what value the change in "x" has.

I know that the derivative is literally the change in "y" over change in "x," but am confused as to what value the change in "x" has.