Friday, November 21, 2008

Differentiation of implicit functions

If variables are given as f(x,y) = 0 and if it is not possible to find y as a function of x in the form y = ф(x), then y is said be an implicit function of x.

To find dy/dx in such a case, differentiate both sides of the equation with respect to x, by writing the derivative of g(y) w.r.t. to x as (dg/dy)*(dy/dx).

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