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, a partial derivative of a
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is its
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, in which all variables are allowed to vary). Partial derivatives are used in
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. The partial derivative of a function $f\left(x, y, \dots\right)$ with respect to the variable $x$ is variously denoted by : $f\text{'}_x$, $\partial_x f$, $\ D_xf$, $D_1f$, $\fracf$, or $\frac$. Sometimes, for $z=f\left(x, y, \ldots\right)$, the partial derivative of $z$ with respect to $x$ is denoted as $\tfrac.$ Since a partial derivative generally has the same arguments as the original function, its functional dependence is sometimes explicitly signified by the notation, such as in: :$f\text{'}_x\left(x, y, \ldots\right), \frac \left(x, y, \ldots\right).$ The symbol used to denote partial derivatives is . One of the first known uses of this symbol in mathematics is by
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(1786) (although he later abandoned it,
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reintroduced the symbol in 1841).

# Definition

Like ordinary derivatives, the partial derivative is defined as a
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of $\R^n$ and $f:U\to\R$ a function. The partial derivative of ''f'' at the point $\mathbf=\left(a_1, \ldots, a_n\right) \in U$ with respect to the ''i''-th variable ''x''''i'' is defined as :$\begin \fracf\left(\mathbf\right) & = \lim_ \frac \\ & = \lim_ \frac \end$ Even if all partial derivatives ''∂f''/''∂x''''i''(''a'') exist at a given point ''a'', the function need not be
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there. However, if all partial derivatives exist in a
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of ''a'' and are continuous there, then ''f'' is totally differentiable in that neighborhood and the total derivative is continuous. In this case, it is said that ''f'' is a ''C''1 function. This can be used to generalize for vector valued functions, by carefully using a componentwise argument. The partial derivative $\frac$ can be seen as another function defined on ''U'' and can again be partially differentiated. If all mixed second order partial derivatives are continuous at a point (or on a set), ''f'' is termed a ''C''2 function at that point (or on that set); in this case, the partial derivatives can be exchanged by
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: :$\frac = \frac .$

# Notation

For the following examples, let $f$ be a function in $x, y$ and $z$. First-order partial derivatives: :$\frac = f\text{'}_x = \partial_x f.$ Second-order partial derivatives: :$\frac = f\text{'}\text{'}_ = \partial_ f = \partial_x^2 f.$ Second-order mixed derivatives: :$\frac = \frac \left\left( \frac \right\right) = \left(f\text{'}_\right)\text{'}_ = f\text{'}\text{'}_ = \partial_ f = \partial_y \partial_x f .$ Higher-order partial and mixed derivatives: :$\frac = f^ = \partial_x^i \partial_y^j \partial_z^k f.$ When dealing with functions of multiple variables, some of these variables may be related to each other, thus it may be necessary to specify explicitly which variables are being held constant to avoid ambiguity. In fields such as
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, the partial derivative of $f$ with respect to $x$, holding $y$ and $z$ constant, is often expressed as :$\left\left( \frac \right\right)_ .$ Conventionally, for clarity and simplicity of notation, the partial derivative ''function'' and the ''value'' of the function at a specific point are conflated by including the function arguments when the partial derivative symbol (Leibniz notation) is used. Thus, an expression like :$\frac$ is used for the function, while :$\frac$ might be used for the value of the function at the point $\left(x,y,z\right)=\left(u,v,w\right)$. However, this convention breaks down when we want to evaluate the partial derivative at a point like $\left(x,y,z\right)=\left(17, u+v, v^2\right)$. In such a case, evaluation of the function must be expressed in an unwieldy manner as :$\frac\left(17, u+v, v^2\right)$ or :$\left. \frac\right , _$ in order to use the Leibniz notation. Thus, in these cases, it may be preferable to use the Euler differential operator notation with $D_i$ as the partial derivative symbol with respect to the ''i''th variable. For instance, one would write $D_1 f\left(17, u+v, v^2\right)$ for the example described above, while the expression $D_1 f$ represents the partial derivative ''function'' with respect to the 1st variable. For higher order partial derivatives, the partial derivative (function) of $D_i f$ with respect to the ''j''th variable is denoted $D_j\left(D_i f\right)=D_ f$. That is, $D_j\circ D_i =D_$, so that the variables are listed in the order in which the derivatives are taken, and thus, in reverse order of how the composition of operators is usually notated. Of course,
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implies that $D_=D_$ as long as comparatively mild regularity conditions on ''f'' are satisfied.

An important example of a function of several variables is the case of a scalar-valued function ''f''(''x''1, ..., ''xn'') on a domain in Euclidean space $\R^n$ (e.g., on $\R^2$ or $\R^3$). In this case ''f'' has a partial derivative ''∂f''/''∂xj'' with respect to each variable ''x''''j''. At the point ''a'', these partial derivatives define the vector : $\nabla f\left(a\right) = \left\left(\frac\left(a\right), \ldots, \frac\left(a\right)\right\right).$ This vector is called the ''
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# Example

Suppose that ''f'' is a function of more than one variable. For instance, : $z = f\left(x,y\right) = x^2 + xy + y^2$. The
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. To every point on this surface, there are an infinite number of
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derivative In mathematics Mathematics (from Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as numbers (arithmetic and number theory), formulas and related structures (algebra), shapes and spaces in which they are contained (geometry), and quantities ... of the equation while assuming that $y$ is a constant, we find that the slope of ''$f$'' at the point $\left(x, y\right)$ is: : $\frac = 2x+y$. So at $\left(1, 1\right)$, by substitution, the slope is 3. Therefore, : $\frac = 3$ at the point $\left(1, 1\right)$. That is, the partial derivative of $z$ with respect to $x$ at $\left(1, 1\right)$ is 3, as shown in the graph. The function ''f'' can be reinterpreted as a family of functions of one variable indexed by the other variables: : $f\left(x,y\right) = f_y\left(x\right) = x^2 + xy + y^2.$ In other words, every value of ''y'' defines a function, denoted ''fy'', which is a function of one variable ''x''. That is, : $f_y\left(x\right) = x^2 + xy + y^2.$ In this section the subscript notation ''fy'' denotes a function contingent on a fixed value of ''y'', and not a partial derivative. Once a value of ''y'' is chosen, say ''a'', then ''f''(''x'',''y'') determines a function ''fa'' which traces a curve ''x''2 + ''ax'' + ''a''2 on the $xz$-plane: : $f_a\left(x\right) = x^2 + ax + a^2$. In this expression, ''a'' is a ''constant'', not a ''variable'', so ''fa'' is a function of only one real variable, that being ''x''. Consequently, the definition of the derivative for a function of one variable applies: : $f_a\text{'}\left(x\right) = 2x + a$. The above procedure can be performed for any choice of ''a''. Assembling the derivatives together into a function gives a function which describes the variation of ''f'' in the ''x'' direction: : $\frac\left(x,y\right) = 2x + y.$ This is the partial derivative of ''f'' with respect to ''x''. Here ''∂'' is a rounded ''d'' called the '' partial derivative symbol''; to distinguish it from the letter ''d'', ''∂'' is sometimes pronounced "partial".

# Higher order partial derivatives

Second and higher order partial derivatives are defined analogously to the higher order derivatives of univariate functions. For the function $f\left(x, y, ...\right)$ the "own" second partial derivative with respect to ''x'' is simply the partial derivative of the partial derivative (both with respect to ''x''): Chiang, Alpha C. ''Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics'', McGraw-Hill, third edition, 1984. :$\frac \equiv \partial \frac \equiv \frac \equiv f_.$ The cross partial derivative with respect to ''x'' and ''y'' is obtained by taking the partial derivative of ''f'' with respect to ''x'', and then taking the partial derivative of the result with respect to ''y'', to obtain :$\frac \equiv \partial \frac \equiv \frac \equiv f_.$
Schwarz's theoremIn mathematics, the symmetry of second derivatives (also called the equality of mixed partials) refers to the possibility under certain conditions (see below) of interchanging the order of taking partial derivatives of a Function (mathematics), funct ...
states that if the second derivatives are continuous, the expression for the cross partial derivative is unaffected by which variable the partial derivative is taken with respect to first and which is taken second. That is, :$\frac = \frac$ or equivalently $f_=f_.$ Own and cross partial derivatives appear in the
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which is used in the second order conditions in
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# Antiderivative analogue

There is a concept for partial derivatives that is analogous to
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s for regular derivatives. Given a partial derivative, it allows for the partial recovery of the original function. Consider the example of :$\frac = 2x+y.$ The "partial" integral can be taken with respect to ''x'' (treating ''y'' as constant, in a similar manner to partial differentiation): :$z = \int \frac \,dx = x^2 + xy + g\left(y\right)$ Here, the
"constant" of integration is no longer a constant, but instead a function of all the variables of the original function except ''x''. The reason for this is that all the other variables are treated as constant when taking the partial derivative, so any function which does not involve $x$ will disappear when taking the partial derivative, and we have to account for this when we take the antiderivative. The most general way to represent this is to have the "constant" represent an unknown function of all the other variables. Thus the set of functions $x^2 + xy + g\left(y\right)$, where ''g'' is any one-argument function, represents the entire set of functions in variables ''x'',''y'' that could have produced the ''x''-partial derivative $2x + y$. If all the partial derivatives of a function are known (for example, with the
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# Applications

## Geometry

The
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gradient In vector calculus Vector calculus, or vector analysis, is concerned with differentiation Differentiation may refer to: Business * Differentiation (economics), the process of making a product different from other similar products * Prod ... vector :$\nabla V = \left\left(\frac,\frac\right\right) = \left\left(\frac\pi rh, \frac\pi r^2\right\right)$.

## Optimization

Partial derivatives appear in any calculus-based
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π(''x'', ''y'') with respect to the choice of the quantities ''x'' and ''y'' of two different types of output. The
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s for this optimization are π''x'' = 0 = π''y''. Since both partial derivatives π''x'' and π''y'' will generally themselves be functions of both arguments ''x'' and ''y'', these two first order conditions form a system of two equations in two unknowns.

## Thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and mathematical physics

Partial derivatives appear in thermodynamic equations like Gibbs-Duhem equation, in quantum mechanics as Schrodinger wave equation as well in other equations from
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. Here the variables being held constant in partial derivatives can be ratio of simple variables like
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s ''xi'' in the following example involving the Gibbs energies in a ternary mixture system: :$\bar= G + \left(1-x_2\right) \left\left(\frac\right\right)_$ Express
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s of a component as functions of other components' mole fraction and binary mole ratios: :$x_1 = \frac$ :$x_3 = \frac$ Differential quotients can be formed at constant ratios like those above: :$\left\left(\frac\right\right)_ = - \frac$ :$\left\left(\frac\right\right)_ = - \frac$ Ratios X, Y, Z of mole fractions can be written for ternary and multicomponent systems: :$X = \frac$ :$Y = \frac$ :$Z = \frac$ which can be used for solving
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s like: :$\left\left(\frac\right\right)_ = \left\left(\frac\right\right)_$ This equality can be rearranged to have differential quotient of mole fractions on one side.

## Image resizing

Partial derivatives are key to target-aware image resizing algorithms. Widely known as seam carving, these algorithms require each
pixel In digital imaging Digital imaging or digital image acquisition is the creation of a representation of the visual characteristics of an object, such as a physical scene or the interior structure of an object. The term is often assumed to imp ... in an image to be assigned a numerical 'energy' to describe their dissimilarity against orthogonal adjacent pixels. The
algorithm In and , an algorithm () is a finite sequence of , computer-implementable instructions, typically to solve a class of problems or to perform a computation. Algorithms are always and are used as specifications for performing s, , , and other ... then progressively removes rows or columns with the lowest energy. The formula established to determine a pixel's energy (magnitude of
gradient In vector calculus Vector calculus, or vector analysis, is concerned with differentiation Differentiation may refer to: Business * Differentiation (economics), the process of making a product different from other similar products * Prod ... at a pixel) depends heavily on the constructs of partial derivatives.

## Economics

Partial derivatives play a prominent role in
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may describe the amount spent on consumer goods as depending on both income and wealth; the
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is then the partial derivative of the consumption function with respect to income.

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