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## Selecting procedures for calculating derivatives: multiple rules

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# Applying the chain rule twice

AP Calc: FUN‑3 (EU)

## Video transcript

- [Instructor] Let's say that Y is equal to sin of X
squared to the third power, which of course we could also write as sin of X squared to the third power and what we're curious about is what is the derivative
of this with respect to X? What is DY/DX which we
could also write as Y prime? Well, there's a couple of
ways to think about it. This isn't a straightforward
expression here but you might notice that I have something being raised to the third power, in fact, if we look at the
outside of this expression we have some business in here that's being raised to the third power. And so, one way to tackle this is to apply the chain rule. So, if we apply the chain rule it's gonna be the
derivative of the outside with respect to the inside or the something to the third power, the derivative of the
something to the third power with respect to that something. So, it's going to be three
times that something squared times the derivative with respect to X of that something, in this case, the something is sin, let me write that in the blue color, it is sin of X squared. It is sin of X squared. No matter what was inside
of these orange parentheses I would put it inside of
the orange parentheses and these orange brackets right over here. We learned that in the chain rule. So, let's see, we know
this is just a matter of the first part of the expression is just a matter of
algebraic simplification but the second part we need
to now take the derivative of sin of X squared. Well, now we would want to
use the chain rule again. So, I'm going to take the derivative, it's sin of something, so this is going to be,
the derivative of this is gonna be the sin of something with respect to something, so that is cosine of that something times the derivative with respect to X of the something. In this case, the
something is our X squared and of course, we have
all of this out front which is the three times sin of X squared, I could write
it like this, squared. Alright, so we're getting close. Now we just have to
figure out the derivative with respect to X of X squared and we've seen that many times before. That, we just use the power rule, that's going to be two X. Two X and so, if we
wanted to write the DY/DX, let me get a little bit
of a mini drum roll here, this shouldn't take us too long, DY/DX, I'll multiply the
three times the two X which is going to be six X, so I've covered those so far times sin squared of X squared, times sin squared of X squared, times cosine of X squared. And we are done applying the
chain rule multiple times.