Chain rule of derivatives Theorem examples with solutions

Chain rule is defined as: The composition fog of function f and g is the function whose value f[g(x)] are found for each x in the domain of g for which g(x) is in the domain of f.(f[g(x)]) is read as (f of g of x)

Chain rule of derivatives

if g is differentiable at point x and f is differentiable at point g(x) then composition function fog is differentiable at point x and \left(fog\right)'\left(x\right)=f'\left[g\left(x\right)\right].g'\left(x\right)


Let y=\left(fog\right)\left(x\right)=f\left[g\left(x\right)\right]

Then \left(fog\right)'\left(x\right)=\left[f\left[g\left(x\right)\right]\right]'=\frac{dy}{dx}

\frac{dy}{dx}=f'\lbrack g\left(x\right)\rbrack.g'(x).....(1)

Let u=g(x)................(2)

Then y=f(u).............(3)

Differentiating eq(2) and eq(3) w.r.t x and u respectively

We have \frac{du}{dx}=\frac d{dx}\left[g\left(x\right)\right]=g'\left(x\right)

And \frac{dy}{du}=\frac d{du}\left[f\left(u\right)\right]=f'\left(x\right)

Thus eq(1) can be written in the following forms

\frac d{dx}\left[f\left(u\right)\right]=f'\left(u\right)\frac{du}{dx}


Example 1:  [Chain rule of derivatives]

solve by chain rule y=(x^3+1)^9

y=(x^3+1)^9 and u=(x^3+1).


Now \frac{du}{dx}=3x^2\;and\;\frac{dy}{dx}=9u^8 (Power rule)

Now by using chain Rule\frac{dy}{dx}=\;\frac{dy}{du}.\frac{du}{dx}

we have \frac{dy}{dx}=9u^8\frac{du}{dx}

or \frac d{dx}\left(x^3+1\right)^9=9\left(x^3+1\right)^8\left(3x^2\right)

since u=x^3+1 and \frac{du}{dx}=3x^2

\frac d{dx}\left(x^3+1\right)^9=27\left(x^3+1\right)^8

Hence chain Rule is satisfied

Example 2  [Chain rule of derivatives ]

By using chain rule solve the equation

Let y=\left(3x^2-2x+1\right)^6

we takeu=3x^2-2x+7........(1)

Then y=u^6...........(2)

differentiate eq (2) w.r.t u




differentiate eq (1) w.r.t x

\frac{du}{dx}=\frac d{dx}\left(3x^2-2x+7\right)

\frac{du}{dx}=\frac d{dx}3x^2-\frac{\displaystyle d}{\displaystyle dx}2x+\frac{\displaystyle d}{\displaystyle dx}7



Now by using chain rule





Hence chain rule is satisfied.

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I graduated in Mathematics from the University of Sargodha, having master degree in Mathematics.

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