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    Cool d^2y/dx^2

    find d^2y/dx^2 by implicit differentiation

    3x^2-4y^2=7

    6x-8yy'=0

    y'=\frac{6x}{8y}=-\frac{3x}{4y}

    \frac{d^2y}{dx^2} = \frac{3x(4y')-4y(3)}{16y^2}

    i don't see this moving towards -\frac{21}{16y^3}which is the answer
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    In your formula for \frac{d^2y}{dx^2}, you have a y', which you can replace by what you found just above ! : y'=-\frac{3x}{4y}
    And then finish it off with the original equation : 3x^2-4y^2=7 \Rightarrow x^2=\frac{7+4y^2}{3}

    Plus, you applied the quotient rule incorrectly, the derivative of \frac uv is \frac{u'v-uv'}{v^2}, but you did uv'-u'v
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    Plus, you applied the quotient rule incorrectly, the derivative of \frac {u}{v} is \frac{u'v-uv'}{v^2}, but you did uv'-u'v
    then
    \left(-\frac{3x}{4y}\right)' = -\frac{(3)4y-3x(4y')}{16y^2}
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwave View Post
    then
    \left(-\frac{3x}{4y}\right)' = -\frac{(3)4y-3x(4y')}{16y^2}
    So sorry, there was indeed the minus sign...
    Did you manage to go through all the calculations to get the desired answer ?
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    We have 3x^2-4y^2=7 and y'=-\frac{3x}{4y}

    \frac{d^2y}{dx^2}=\frac{3x(4y')-4y(3)}{16y^2}=\frac{12(xy'-y)}{16y^2}=\frac 34\cdot\frac{xy'-y}{y^2}

    But y'=-\frac{3x}{4y}\Rightarrow xy'=-\frac{3x^2}{4y}\Rightarrow xy'-y=-\frac{3x^2}{4y}-y=-\frac{3x^2-4y^2}{4y}

    But the very first equation tells us that 3x^2-4y^2=7

    Hence xy'-y=-\frac{7}{4y}

    Therefore, \frac{d^2y}{dx^2}=\frac 34\cdot\left(-\frac{7}{4y^3}\right)=-\frac{21}{16y^3}
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