Here my question , for example x^2*y^2=0 when y=x=1, find d/dx, can I make the y^2 = x^2 and therefor change the equation to x^4=0 and differentiate for my x?

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- Nov 14th 2012, 06:58 AMFrozenboy11Implicit differentiation
Here my question , for example x^2*y^2=0 when y=x=1, find d/dx, can I make the y^2 = x^2 and therefor change the equation to x^4=0 and differentiate for my x?

- Nov 14th 2012, 07:04 AMPlatoRe: Implicit differentiation
- Nov 14th 2012, 07:06 AMFrozenboy11Re: Implicit differentiation
Ok my bad let said it is equal to some number so can I let y^2=x^2? When x=y=1?

- Nov 14th 2012, 07:20 AMPlatoRe: Implicit differentiation
- Nov 14th 2012, 07:30 AMFrozenboy11Re: Implicit differentiation
- Nov 14th 2012, 08:16 AMHallsofIvyRe: Implicit differentiation
Yes, that is wrong. "At x= y= 1" does not mean that you can set x= y before taking the derivative. You have to take the derivative, with respect to y as (1, y) approaches (1, 1). So, because this is the partial derivative with respect to 1, you

**can**set x= 1, making . Differentiate**that**and then set y= 1.