Chain Rule

(1.4 hours to learn)


The chain rule for partial derivatives gives a way of computing the partial derivatives of compositions of functions in terms of the partial derivatives of the individual functions.


This concept has the prerequisites:


  • Know the statement of the chain rule (in matrix form)
  • Be able to use it to compute partial derivatives
  • Understand the justification in terms of linear approximations of functions

Core resources (read/watch one of the following)


MIT Open Courseware: Multivariable Caclulus (2010)


See also

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