3.8 Implicit differentiation

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• Find the derivative of a complicated function by using implicit differentiation.
• Use implicit differentiation to determine the equation of a tangent line.

We have already studied how to find equations of tangent lines to functions and the rate of change of a function at a specific point. In all these cases we had the explicit equation for the function and differentiated these functions explicitly. Suppose instead that we want to determine the equation of a tangent line to an arbitrary curve or the rate of change of an arbitrary curve at a point. In this section, we solve these problems by finding the derivatives of functions that define $y$ implicitly in terms of $x.$

Implicit differentiation

In most discussions of math, if the dependent variable $y$ is a function of the independent variable $x,$ we express y in terms of $x.$ If this is the case, we say that $y$ is an explicit function of $x.$ For example, when we write the equation $y={x}^{2}+1,$ we are defining y explicitly in terms of $x.$ On the other hand, if the relationship between the function $y$ and the variable $x$ is expressed by an equation where $y$ is not expressed entirely in terms of $x,$ we say that the equation defines y implicitly in terms of $x.$ For example, the equation $y-{x}^{2}=1$ defines the function $y={x}^{2}+1$ implicitly.

Implicit differentiation allows us to find slopes of tangents to curves that are clearly not functions (they fail the vertical line test). We are using the idea that portions of $y$ are functions that satisfy the given equation, but that $y$ is not actually a function of $x.$

In general, an equation defines a function implicitly if the function satisfies that equation. An equation may define many different functions implicitly. For example, the functions

$y=\sqrt{25-{x}^{2}}$ and $y=\left\{\begin{array}{c}\sqrt{25-{x}^{2}}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{if}-25\le x<0\\ \text{−}\sqrt{25-{x}^{2}}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{if}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}0\le x\le 25\end{array},$ which are illustrated in [link] , are just three of the many functions defined implicitly by the equation ${x}^{2}+{y}^{2}=25.$

If we want to find the slope of the line tangent to the graph of ${x}^{2}+{y}^{2}=25$ at the point $\left(3,4\right),$ we could evaluate the derivative of the function $y=\sqrt{25-{x}^{2}}$ at $x=3.$ On the other hand, if we want the slope of the tangent line at the point $\left(3,-4\right),$ we could use the derivative of $y=\text{−}\sqrt{25-{x}^{2}}.$ However, it is not always easy to solve for a function defined implicitly by an equation. Fortunately, the technique of implicit differentiation    allows us to find the derivative of an implicitly defined function without ever solving for the function explicitly. The process of finding $\frac{dy}{dx}$ using implicit differentiation is described in the following problem-solving strategy.

Problem-solving strategy: implicit differentiation

To perform implicit differentiation on an equation that defines a function $y$ implicitly in terms of a variable $x,$ use the following steps:

1. Take the derivative of both sides of the equation. Keep in mind that y is a function of x . Consequently, whereas $\frac{d}{dx}\left(\text{sin}\phantom{\rule{0.1em}{0ex}}x\right)=\text{cos}\phantom{\rule{0.1em}{0ex}}x,\frac{d}{dx}\left(\text{sin}\phantom{\rule{0.1em}{0ex}}y\right)=\text{cos}\phantom{\rule{0.1em}{0ex}}y\frac{dy}{dx}$ because we must use the chain rule to differentiate $\text{sin}\phantom{\rule{0.1em}{0ex}}y$ with respect to $x.$
2. Rewrite the equation so that all terms containing $\frac{dy}{dx}$ are on the left and all terms that do not contain $\frac{dy}{dx}$ are on the right.
3. Factor out $\frac{dy}{dx}$ on the left.
4. Solve for $\frac{dy}{dx}$ by dividing both sides of the equation by an appropriate algebraic expression.

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also known as the y value so I could say y=2x or f(x)= 2x same thing just using functional notation your next question is what is dependent and independent variables. I am Dyslexic but know math and which is which confuses me. but one can vary the x value while y depends on which x you use. also
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I have so many questions on set and I really love dis app I never believed u would reply
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Hmm go ahead and ask you got me curious too much conversation here
am sorry for disturbing I really want to know math that's why *I want to know the meaning of those symbols in sets* e.g n,U,A', etc pls I want to know it and how to solve its problems
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and how can i solve a question like dis *in a group of 40 students, 32 offer maths and 24 offer physics and 4 offer neither maths nor physics , how many offer both maths and physics*
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next questions what do dy mean by (A' n B^c)^c'
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The sets help you to define the function. The function is like a magic box where you put inside stuff(numbers or sets) and you get out the stuff but in different shapes (forms).
I dont understand what you wanna say by (A' n B^c)^c'
(A' n B (rise to the power of c)) all rise to the power of c
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A vector of length n
But you can make a set out of matrixes as well
I I don't even understand sets I wat to know d meaning of all d symbolsnon sets
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Inembo
am having big problem understanding sets more than other math topics
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So f:R->R means that the function takes real numbers and provides real numer. For ex. If f(x) =2x this means if you give to your function a real number like 2,it gives you also a real number 2times2=4
pls answer this question *in a group of 40 students, 32 offer maths and 24 offer physics and 4 offer neither maths nor physics , how many offer both maths and physics*
Inembo
If you have f:R^n->R^n you give to your function a vector of length n like (a1,a2,...an) where all a1,.. an are reals and gives you also a vector of length n... I don't know if i answering your question. Otherwise on YouTube you havr many videos where they explain it in a simple way
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Actually you have 40 - 4 =36 who offer maths or physics or both.
I know its 20 but how to prove it
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You have 32+24=56who offer courses
56-36=20 who give both courses... I would say that
solution: In a question involving sets and Venn diagram, the sum of the members of set A + set B - the joint members of both set A and B + the members that are not in sets A or B = the total members of the set. In symbolic form n(A U B) = n(A) + n (B) - n (A and B) + n (A U B)'.
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In the case of sets A and B use the letters m and p to represent the sets and we have: n (M U P) = 40; n (M) = 24; n (P) = 32; n (M and P) = unknown; n (M U P)' = 4
Mckenzie
Now substitute the numerical values for the symbolic representation 40 = 24 + 32 - n(M and P) + 4 Now solve for the unknown using algebra: 40 = 24 + 32+ 4 - n(M and P) 40 = 60 - n(M and P) Add n(M and P), as well, subtract 40 from both sides of the equation to find the answer.
Mckenzie
40 - 40 + n(M and P) = 60 - 40 - n(M and P) + n(M and P) Solution: n(M and P) = 20
Mckenzie
thanks
Inembo
Simpler form: Add the sums of set M, set P and the complement of the union of sets M and P then subtract the number of students from the total.
Mckenzie
n(M and P) = (32 + 24 + 4) - 40 = 60 - 40 = 20
Mckenzie
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the domain of the function is all real number excluding zero, because the rational function 1/x is a representation of a fractional equation (precisely inverse function). As in elementary mathematics the concept of dividing by zero is nonexistence, so zero will not make the fractional statement
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a function's answer/range should not be in the form of 1/0 and there should be no imaginary no. say square root of any negative no. (-1)^1/2
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domain means everywhere along the x axis. since this function is not discontinuous anywhere along the x axis, then the domain is said to be all values of x.
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Roha
of sorry, I didn't realize he was taking about the function 1/x ...I thought he was referring to the function x^3-2x.
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Roha
true and cannot be apart of the domain that makes up the relation of the graph y = 1/x. The value of the denominator of the rational function can never be zero, because the result of the output value (range value of the graph when x =0) is undefined.
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Therefore, when x = 0 the image of the rational function does not exist at this domain value, but exist at all other x values (domain) that makes the equation functional, and the graph drawable.
Mckenzie
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