implicit differentiation


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

implicit differentiation

[im′plis·it ‚dif·ə‚ren·chē′ā·shən]
(mathematics)
The process of finding the derivative of one of two variables with respect to the other by differentiating all the terms of a given equation in the two variables and solving the resulting equation for this derivative.
References in periodicals archive ?
The most direct algebraic characterization of this point is in terms of the equations obtained above via implicit differentiation, liberally writing y' = y'.