# using chain rule to solve an equation

• May 20th 2009, 01:38 AM
motty
using chain rule to solve an equation
Hi

I am struggling to solve the equations:

Given:

d(e^t)/dt =e^t

use the chain rule to find dy/dx:
a) y=e^5t,
b) y=4e^3t
c)y=6e^-2t

(where "^" represents an exponent)
Thanks in advance for any help

Motty
• May 20th 2009, 03:11 AM
Spec
$y=e^{5t}=\{u=5t\}=e^{u(t)}$

$\frac{dy}{dt}=\frac{dy}{du}\frac{du}{dt}=e^u\frac{ du}{dt} = e^{u}\cdot 5 = 5e^{5t}$

Use the same process for the other questions.
• May 20th 2009, 03:11 AM
Scott H
The Chain Rule states,

$\frac{d}{dx}f(g(x))=f'(g(x))g'(x).$

It can be seen to work through the fact that $g(x)$ changes at the rate $g'(x)$ as $x$ moves, speeding up (or slowing down) the rate of change of $f(g(x))$ by that amount.

For instance, if $g'(x)=2$, then $g(x)$ moves twice as fast, and $\frac{d}{dx}f(g(x))=f'(g(x))\cdot 2$.

For problem (a), we note that $f(t)=e^t$ and $g(t)=5t$. The Chain Rule therefore states,

$\frac{d}{dt}(e^{5t})=\frac{d}{dt}f(g(t))=f'(g(t))g '(t)=e^{g(t)}\frac{d}{dt}(5t)=e^{5t}\cdot 5=5e^{5t}.$

The same reasoning may be applied to (b) and (c).
• May 20th 2009, 04:54 AM
motty
Thanks guys, following the same reasonig, I think, does that mean:
b) = 12e^3t
c) = -12e^-2t