Differentiation of Implicit Function

In this page differentiation of implicit function we are going to see some examples to understand where we have to apply this method.

Definition of implicit function:

When the relation between x and y is given by an equation in the form of f(x,y) = 0 and the equation is not easily solvable for y, then y is said to be implicit function.

Example 1:

Find dy/dx when x⁴ + 5 xy + y⁴ = 2


Differentiating with respect to x on both sides

4x³ + 5 [x (dy/dx) + y (1) ] + 4 y³ = 0

4x³ + 5[x (dy/dx) + y ] + 4 y³ = 0

4x³ + 5x (dy/dx) + 5y + 4 y³ = 0

5x (dy/dx)  = -4x³ - 5y - 4 y³

dy/dx  = (-4x³ - 5y - 4 y³)/5x

dy/dx  = -(4x³ + 5y + 4 y³)/5x

dy/dx  = -(4x³/5x + 5y/5x + 4 y³/5x)

dy/dx  = -(4x²/5 + y/x + 4y³/5x)

differentiation of implicit function

Example 2:

Find dy/dx when y tan x  - y² cos x + 2x = 0


Differentiating with respect to x

y (sec² x) + tan x (dy/dx) - [ y² (- sin x) + cos x (2y)(dy/dx) ] + 2 (1) = 0

y sec² x + tan x (dy/dx) - [ - y²  sin x + 2y cos x (dy/dx) ] + 2  = 0

y sec² x + tan x (dy/dx) + y²  sin x - 2y cos x (dy/dx) + 2  = 0

tan x (dy/dx) - 2y cos x (dy/dx) = -y sec² x - y²  sin x - 2

tan x (dy/dx) - 2y cos x (dy/dx) = -[y sec² x + y²  sin x + 2]

dy/dx [tan x - 2y cos x] = -[y sec² x + y²  sin x + 2]

dy/dx = -[y sec² x + y²  sin x + 2]/[tan x - 2y cos x]

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