Hi there,

I'm working through a textbook section on the separation of variables method with respect to differentials and I want to be sure that I understand the why/how/etc. behind the simplification below.

Do the dxs just cancel each other out like any simple x, y, etc. variable would? But don't the two dxs represent different things (one represents the variable to differentiate with respect to and the other the variable to integrate with respect to)? Or doesn't that matter? If someone could just provide an explanation I would really appreciate it!

Sorry if I'm asking a stupid question!

Thanks,

Jacob