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Is it true in general that $\displaystyle\frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x} \int_0^{x} f(u,x) \mathrm{d}u = \int_0^{x} \left( \frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x} f(u,x) \right)\mathrm{d}u +f(x,x )$ ?

Thank you for your help!

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Yes, it is, under the conditions indicated below.

Let $$I(x)=\displaystyle\int_{0}^{x}f(u,x)\; \mathrm{d}u.\qquad(\ast)$$

If $f(u,x)$ is a continuous function and $\partial f/\partial x$ exists and is continuous, then

$$I^{\prime }(x)=\displaystyle\int_{0}^{x}\dfrac{\partial f(u,x)}{\partial x}\; \mathrm{d}u+f(x,x)\qquad(\ast\ast)$$

follows from the Leibniz rule and chain rule.

Note: the integrand of $(\ast\ast)$ is a partial derivative.

It generalizes to the integral

$$I(x)=\displaystyle\int_{u(x)}^{v(x)}f(t,x)\; \mathrm{d}t.$$

Under suitable conditions ($u(x),v(x)$ are differentiable functions, $f(t,x)$ is a continuous function and $\partial f/\partial x$ exists and is continuous), we have

$$I^{\prime }(x)=\displaystyle\int_{u(x)}^{v(x)}\dfrac{\partial f(t,x)}{\partial x}\; \mathrm{d}t+f(v(x),x)v^{\prime }(x)-f(u(x),x)u^{\prime }(x).$$

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In short, it is true if $f$ and the partial derivative with respect to $f$ are continuous in the region of differentiation.

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  • $\begingroup$ @ghshtalt: oh, I read your comment just to see Americo's far superior answer! Well, it happens. $\endgroup$ – davidlowryduda Jun 4 '11 at 11:19

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