Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH105/April 2009/Question 01 (a)
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Question 01 (a) 

Compute if . 
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Hint 

Remember to think of y as being fixed (that is, constant) when you take a partial derivative with respect to x. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The first step is straightforward partial differentiation. Take the derivative of with respect to , treating as a relative constant (use the chain rule): Now we just substitute : 