Posted by marcus on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 4:02am.
find dy/dx of xsiny+cos2y=cosy

calculus  drwls, Monday, December 8, 2008 at 6:19am
Use implicit differentiation.
Differentiate both sides of the equation with respect to x, treating y as a function of x.
x cosy dy/dx + sin y  2 sin 2y dy/dx = sin y dy/dx
Now solve for dy/dx. It will be a function of both x and y.
You could also differentiate both sides with respect to y, solve for dx/dy, and take the reciprocal of the answer. The result will look different but will still be correct.
x cos y + sin y dx/dy  2 sin 2y = sin y
dx/dy = [siny + 2 sin2y x cos y]/sin y
dy/dx = sin y/[siny + 2 sin2y x cos y]
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