Implicit differentiation makes use of the chain rule to differentiate implicitly defined functions. For differentiating an implicit function y(x), defined by an equation R(x, y) = 0, it is not generally possible to solve it explicitly for y(x) and then differentiate. Instead, one can differentiate R(x, y) with respect to x and y and then solve a linear equation in dy/dx for getting explicitly the derivative in terms of x and y.
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