# Implicit differentiation

• Nov 14th 2009, 06:55 PM
Archduke01
Implicit differentiation
Finding dy/dx for $y^2 = 5x^3$. Find equation of the tangent line to the graph at the given point. (1, sqrt 5)

Here's what I did;
$2yy' = 15x^2$
$y' = 15x^2 / 2y$

Where did I go wrong? Or, if it's right by some chance, how do I proceed to find the equation?
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:06 PM
Prove It
Quote:

Originally Posted by Archduke01
Finding dy/dx for $y^2 = 5x^3$

Here's what I did;
$2yy' = 15x^2$
$y' = 15x^2 / 2y$

Where did I go wrong?

Do you have to use Implicit Differentiation?

$y^2 = 5x^3$

$y = \sqrt{5}x^{\frac{3}{2}}$

$\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{3\sqrt{5}}{2}x^{\frac{1}{2}}$

$\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{3\sqrt{5x}}{2}$.

If you WERE going to use Implicit Differentiation:

$y^2 = 5x^3$

$\frac{d}{dx}(y^2) = \frac{d}{dx}(5x^3)$

$\frac{d}{dy}(y^2)\,\frac{dy}{dx} = 15x^2$

$2y\,\frac{dy}{dx} = 15x^2$

$\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{15x^2}{2y}$

And since $y = \sqrt{5x^3}$

$\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{15x^2}{2\sqrt{5x^3}}$

$= \frac{15x^2\sqrt{5x^3}}{10x^3}$

$= \frac{3\sqrt{5x^3}}{2x}$

$= \frac{3x\sqrt{5x}}{2x}$

$= \frac{3\sqrt{5x}}{2}$

which is the same as found above...
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:12 PM
Archduke01
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Originally Posted by Prove It
And since $y = \sqrt{5x^3}$

Sorry, I just editted my post because I forgot to include that the problem already had given points.
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:20 PM
Prove It
Well if you have $(x,y) = (1, \sqrt{5})$, then what does

$\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{15x^2}{2y}$ equal?
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:26 PM
Archduke01
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Originally Posted by Prove It
Well if you have $(x,y) = (1, \sqrt{5})$, then what does

$\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{15x^2}{2y}$ equal?

$15/ (2 sqrt5)$ ... which I'm assuming is the slope of the tangent line. How do I get the rest of the equation?
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:29 PM
Prove It
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Originally Posted by Archduke01
$15/ (2 sqrt5)$ ... which I'm assuming is the slope of the tangent line. How do I get the rest of the equation?

Correct, which I would rewrite as $\frac{3\sqrt{5}}{2}$ by rationalising the denominator.

Now, you have the tangent line $y = mx + c$.

You know $y = \sqrt{5}, x = 1, m = \frac{3\sqrt{5}}{2}$.

Solve for $c$.
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:33 PM
Archduke01
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Originally Posted by Prove It
You know $y = 2\sqrt{5}$.

Shouldn't it be $y = sqrt {5}$?
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:34 PM
Prove It
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Originally Posted by Archduke01
Shouldn't it be $y = sqrt {5}$?

Yes it is, typo.

Will edit now.
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:43 PM
Archduke01
If I did it correctly, the value of c should be $- sqrt 5 / 2$...

So the equation should be $y = 3 sqrt 5 /2 x - sqrt 5/2$

Does that seem right? The answer book says $15x - 2 (sqrt5)y - 5 = 0$
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:44 PM
Prove It
Quote:

Originally Posted by Archduke01
If I did it correctly, the value of c should be $- sqrt 5 / 2$...

So the equation should be $y = 3 sqrt 5 /2 x - sqrt 5/2$

Does that seem right? The answer book says $15x - 2 (sqrt5)y - 5 = 0$

Yes it is correct. You just need some algebraic manipulation.
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:46 PM
Archduke01
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Originally Posted by Prove It
Yes it is correct. You just need some algebraic manipulation.

The equation is correct, or the value of c?
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:46 PM
Prove It
Both.
• Nov 14th 2009, 07:47 PM
Archduke01
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Originally Posted by Prove It
Both.

Thank you! Sorry for the lengthy back and forth.