In my opinion what is not full explained is the fact that y isn't an independent variable, but is a function of x, so that if and is...
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Hello,
I just graduated and now feel masochistically inclined to torture myself with diff eq. My question relates to differentiating terms in implicit functions using the product rule. I understand how to use the product rule with two differentiable functions of x. I do not, however, quite understand how to use this rule when the terms involve y and x.
I have attached a screenshot of the problem. I have highlighted in red the term whose origin I do not quite understand.
f(x) = y^4 + 2x²y² + 6x² = 7
u = 2x²y²
v = y²
The derivative of 2x²y² w.r.t x is 2y(dy/dx). But why?
Question: Why does dy/dx appear from u(dv/dx)? Why is the derivative not simply 2y?
Thank you for any help,
postg
Why do you define v(x) = y²(x)?
The problem defines v = y², not v = y²(x). What am I missing?
I'm afraid I don't understand your answer to the question. Why is the derivative of y² = 2y(dy/dx). Why not just 2y, by the nx^n-1 rule?