Y'=(y+9x)^2, (y+9x=v)

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This problem is out of Kreyszig's 9E of advanced engineering mathematics.

I don't understand their closed form solution.
Their solution ends up being
y=3tan(3x+c)-9x.

But when they were solving v=y+9x for y,
then taking the derivative, they get:
y'=v'-9, then set that =v^2

--Thats the step I have issues with. They are taking the derivative,
but with respect to what? If it is some dummy variable,
it would be y'=v'-9x' (chain rule?). If it is y with respect to v,
the derivative of y=v-9x would just be y'=v'. Unless x' with respect to
a dummy variable is = 1, of course.

Can someone please enlighten me?
 

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The problem simply takes dv/dx = d/dx(y+9x) = dy/dx+9 or y'+9 where ' denotes differentiation with respect to x in this case.
 
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...oh man I was treating y as a constant and not as a variable. y is a function of x, so d/dx(y)=dy/dx...

: smacks forehead : thanks.
 

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