AP Calculus AB : Chain rule and implicit differentiation

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Example Question #101 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Find the derivative of .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

There are two ways to do this problem.

Method 1: Use the power rule to turn into , the derivative of which is .

Method 2: Use the chain rule.

Either way, the answer is .

Example Question #102 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Find the derivative of .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Using the chain rule :

Example Question #102 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Find the derivative of .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

First, use the chain rule :

Now we have to use the product rule

Our final answer:

Example Question #103 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Find the derivative of .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

This problem requires us to use the chain rule twice.

First, take the derivative of .

Now substitute for and multiply by the derivative of .

is our final answer.

Example Question #105 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Given , calculate the slope of the tangent line when .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The slope of the tangent line is found by taking the derivative. In this case, because we don't have the function defined explicitly, we'll have to use implicit differentiation to get

Where the first two terms come from product rule. Factoring out a dy/dx and moving the other terms to the right, we get

And solving for dy/dx, we get

.

As the problem doesn't give us a y value, we'll need to go back to the original equation to find it. Plugging in x = 1, we have 

And simplifying yields

Plugging the point (1, 3) into our expression for dy/dx, we have

 

Alternatively, this expression could have been solved for explicitly by factoring a y term out. Note,

And thus, . Using quotient rule, we know the derivative of this

is .

Evaluated at x=1, this becomes

Example Question #106 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

For the equation,, find .

Possible Answers:

 

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Finding for an equation of this complexity requires implicit differentiation.

We need to take the derivative of both sides with respect to x.

For , we will apply the product rule and chain rule.

The product rule is as follows: , where f and g are the two factors of the expression. In this case, and will be and respectively. When we find , we will use the chain rule. This is because the inside of the contains variables other than x. Recall that the derivative of  with respect to  is 

This all means that

Observe that  which is just 1.

Applying all this we find that the derivative of is

.

Now we will find the derivative of the next term, . This will also require product rule and chain rule. For this product rule,  and  will be  and  respectively.

will be the derivative of with respect to , which is .

will require the chain rule. The derivative of is , and the derivative of  with respect to is .

This means that .

Assembling the power rule gives the derivative of the second term as

For the right hand side of the equation, the derivative of is still .

Putting all three derivatives together into one equation yields the following:

The next step in implicit differentiation is solving for . To do this we move all terms that have no factor to one side, and all terms with a factor to the other side.

In this case, we already have all terms on the left, so we will move the non- terms to the right side.

Now we can pull the common factor of out of the left side. We will then divide by what is remaining.

This is the final answer. It cannot be simplified.

 

 

Example Question #107 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Let . Find the derivative, .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The shortest and simplest way to find the derivative of this function is to use the Chain Rule. The Chain Rule definition is  . This is somewhat difficult to read and work with at first. Putting it in words helps though. What this definition states is that the derivative of "layered functions" is the derivative of the outer function times the derivative of the inner function. When I say "layered functions", I mean functions inside other functions. In this problem, we have the function, , inside of a cubic function ,, where is holding the place of the inner function. The outer function is the cubic, while the inner function is the.

Applying the chain rule to this pair of layers means applying the power rule to the outer function, then multiplying it by the derivative of the inner function. Doing so gives

We will need to find the derivative of the inner function, , but first we will write the expression using the actual inner function.

.

To find , we will take the derivative of the two terms inside separately.

The derivative of is

The derivative of is another Chain Rule. We take the derivative of outer function, , to get of the same inner function. Then we multiply it by the derivative of the inner function. The derivative of is .

Putting these together we get the following for the derivative of:

Simplifying it, we get

Putting this at the end of the original chain rule we have


This cannot be simplified, so it is the final answer

 

 

 

Example Question #201 : Computation Of The Derivative

Find  if 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

  

 

 

According to the chain rule   .

 

Therefore, the derivative we are looking for will be 

 

Example Question #101 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Use implicit differentiation to calculate  for the following equation: 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Differentiate both sides of the equation: 

Simplify:

Use implicit differentiation to evaluate 

Simplify:

Subtract  from both sides of the equation: 

Divide both sides of the equation by siny: 

Simplify: 

Solution: 

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