SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 4 days ago) and read 2172 times:

If y=f(x) and m=Dx/Dy, how do I find Dm/Dy? For instance, say y=x^2+3x+2 making Dy/Dx=2x+3 => m=2x+3, how would I find Dm/Dy? Does it involve natural logs maybe?

Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2107 times:

SSTjumbo: even if you meant dx/dy, the question can still be done, and is interesting. You should solve the question the same way.

(dm/dy) = (dx/dy) x (dm/dx)

You should still solve it that way. Except, since m is defined as dy/dx, you should define m, and use the formula (dx/dy) = (inverse of dy/dx) to solve it.

Hope it helps.

and regarding what PanAm747 said, I may be wrong,

but dy= 2x+3 dx, and not 2x+3.

It is wrong to write dy=2X+3 alone.

thus dy/dx= 2X+3.

It's quite important we learn not to forget the 'dx' term, especially in integration. Have you learnt integration by parts or by substitution? If you have, you'll know why.

Delta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

SSTjumbo,

I think you have misstated the problem. I suspect the question is to solve for dm/dx, which is nothing but the second derivative of y with respect to x.

If the problem is correctly stated, then you must first find x as a function of y.

Since m = dy/dx, you can easily get that by differentiating f(x). Next, substitute for x so you get m as a function of y, not x. Then you can differentiate with respect to y to get dm/dy. But the problem is that getting x as a function of y gets tough if y=f(x) is greater than a first order equation, as in your example.

KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

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