# If $dx/dy =\sin(x)$ then is $dy/dx = 1/\sin(x)$?

If $\dfrac{dx}{dy} = \sin(x),$ then is $\dfrac{dy}{dx} = \dfrac{1}{\sin(x)}$?

I'm trying to understand how to manipulate $dx$ and $dy$ quantities effectively.

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By the chain rule (assuming all quantities exist and make sense):

$$\dfrac {\mathrm dx}{\mathrm dy}\dfrac {\mathrm dy}{\mathrm dx} = \dfrac {\mathrm dx}{\mathrm dx} = 1$$

do you see how that answers your question?

edit: the OP asked when this works. This works if $y$ is invertible and the derivative isn't $0$. If $y$ is not invertible, then $x$ might still implicitly define a differentiable function of $y$ for some neighborhood of a point you're interested in.

• Not really..... :) Where did sin(x) go? Dec 15, 2014 at 14:23
• Multiply your two equations together. Dec 15, 2014 at 15:10
• It works. :) But can I always do that? For any given $y = f(x)$? Dec 15, 2014 at 16:54
• edited my answer to explain when it works Dec 16, 2014 at 13:18
• @bodacydo looks like GFauPax answered your questions. If so, you should accept it so we know its been addressed.
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