What is implicit differentiation and how do I do it?
1 min read•december 17, 2021
AP Calculus AB/BC ♾️
Explicit vs. Implicit Differentiation
By now, you've probably covered basic differentiation of a function y in terms of a single variable x. This is called explicit differentiation.
Implicit differentiation, on the other hand, is differentiating a variable in terms of another variable. We're not just taking the derivative of x or 8x+6 anymore, we're taking the derivative of whole equations like y = 8x+6 to find dy/dx.
So how do you do implicit differentiation? Just apply the chain rule!
We can even simplify further to solve for dy/dx!
...And there you have it!
Implicit differentiation is useful in solving differential equations, where you'll need to solve for dy/dx. Some applications include optimization, e.g. finding the rate of change of volume with respect to the rate of change of time.