# Math Help - another partial derivative

1. ## another partial derivative

$3x^2\ln(1-xy)$

i want to differentiate with respect to y.

So.
$[(0)(\ln(1-xy)]+[(3x^2)(-x)]$

which is $-3x^3$

Is that correct?

2. again you're running into this same problem where you want to do a partial derivative in terms of y, but you're not holding x as a constant.

what type of function of y are you needing to differentiate (ie. polynomial, quotient etc.)

3. Originally Posted by el123
$3x^2\ln(1-xy)$

i want to differentiate with respect to y.

So.
$[(0)(\ln(1-xy)]+[(3x^2)(-x)]$

which is $-3x^3$

Is that correct?
Just treat $x$ like a number. $3x^2$ and $x$ are just constants.

If you were derivating $c_1\ln(1-c_2 y)$, what would you get? You'd get $\frac{c_1}{1-c_2 y}\cdot -c_2$. Just extend that notion to this problem.

4. so its $\frac{3x^3}{1-xy}$

5. You have to multiply that by $\frac{d}{dx}[1-xy]=-x$, to complete the chain rule, so the answer is $\frac{-3x^3}{1-xy}$.