# Edited: Implicit Differentiation of Life-History Function

I am trying to implicitly differentiate the following function: $$\lambda = \exp \left[ \left( \alpha + \frac{s}{\lambda-s} \right)^{-1} \right]$$ Can someone help me with this?

• Mathematica gives me $\dfrac{\mathrm d\lambda}{\mathrm d\alpha} = \dfrac{(s-\lambda )^2}{s-\exp[-(\alpha +s/(\lambda -s))^{-1}] (\alpha (\lambda - s)+s)^2}$. – user856 Jul 6 '15 at 19:45

$$\ln(\lambda)=-\bigg(\alpha+\frac{s}{\lambda-s}\bigg)$$ $$\ln(\lambda)=-\bigg(\frac{\alpha(\lambda-s)+ s}{\lambda-s}\bigg)$$ $$(s-\lambda )\ln(\lambda)=\alpha(\lambda-s)+ s$$
$$-\ln(\lambda)d\lambda+\frac{s-\lambda }{\lambda}d\lambda=(\lambda-s)d\alpha+\alpha d\lambda$$ $$\bigg(\alpha+\frac{s-\lambda }{\lambda}-\ln(\lambda)\bigg)d\lambda=(\lambda-s)d\alpha$$ $$\rightarrow \frac{d\lambda}{d\alpha}=\frac{(\lambda-s)}{\alpha+\frac{s-\lambda }{\lambda}-\ln(\lambda)}$$