# 3.5 | Implicit Differentiation

Guidelines for Implicit Differentiation: Suppose $$y$$ is defined implicitly as a function of $$x$$.

1. Differentiate both sides of the equation with respect to $$x$$.
2. Collect all terms involving $$dy/dx$$ on the left side of the equation and move all other terms to the right side of the equation.
3. Factor $$dy/dx$$ out of the left side of the equation.
4. Solve for $$dy/dx$$.