I think I understand implicit differentiation outside of those problems involving trig functions but for some reason this problem is breaking my brain:

Assume that y is a function of x. Find $\frac{dy}{dx}$for $x^3+\cos^3(y)=5x$

My first move, using the chain rule, is:

However the text says this should instead be:


I don't understand where or how the $\frac{dy}{dx}$ is being introduced.

To my mind, $\cos^3(y)$ = $(\cos(y))^3$ and so could be interpreted as:

Then, using the Chain Rule:
$F'(x)=f'(g(x))\cdot g'(x)=3\cos^2(y)(-\sin(y))$

But apparently that's wrong.

Thanks in advance.


by the chaine rule we get $3x^2+3\cos(y(x))^2(-\sin(y(x))\cdot y'(x)=5$

  • $\begingroup$ So we can read $cos^3(y)$ as $cos^3(y(x))$? $\endgroup$ – Nick Oct 18 '14 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ yes since $y=y(x)$ $\endgroup$ – Dr. Sonnhard Graubner Oct 18 '14 at 17:05

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