chain rule

noun Mathematics.

the theorem that defines the method for taking the derivative of a composite function.

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Origin of chain rule

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chain rule

chain rule


maths a theorem that may be used in the differentiation of the function of a function. It states that d u /d x = (d u /d y)(d y /d x), where y is a function of x and u a function of y
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