However, some equations are defined implicitly by a relation between x and y.
x2 + y2 = 16
x2 + y2 = 4xy
We do not need to solve an equation for y in terms of x in order to find the derivative of y. Instead, we can use the method of implicit differentiation. This involves differentiating both sides of the equation with respect to x and then solving the resulting equation for y'.
If x2 + y2 = 16, find
Step 1: Differentiate both sides of the equation
Step 2: Using the Chain Rule, we find that
Step 3: Substitute equation (2) into equation (1)
Step 4: Solve for
Find y’ if x3 + y3 = 6xy
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