January 25th, 2009, 07:15 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2009 Posts: 19 Thanks: 0  Determine value of X and Y
Dear all, Would appreciate some guidance for this question: If q = ax + by and r = bx  ay, determine the value of: [attachment=0:2v3b4rrt]equation.JPG[/attachment:2v3b4rrt] Thank you. 
January 29th, 2009, 06:43 AM  #2 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2009 Posts: 4 Thanks: 0  Re: Determine value of X and Y
I think you should clarify your expression, what do your symbols mean?

January 29th, 2009, 03:36 PM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2009 Posts: 19 Thanks: 0  Re: Determine value of X and Y
the question wants me to differentiate dq/dx with y treated as a constant and dx/dq with r treated as a constant.

January 31st, 2009, 09:30 AM  #4 
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If a, b and y are constant, differentiating the first equation gives dq/dx = a. If a, b and r are constant, dr/dx = 0, so differentiation the second equation gives 0 = b  a dy/dx, and so dy/dx = b/a. Also, differentiating the first equation gives dq/dx = a + b dy/dx, so dq/dx = a + (b^2)/a, and so dx/dq = a/(a^2 + b^2). This assumes that a and b are not both zero, which would mean that q was zero and dx/dq undefined. 

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