chain rule
noun Date: circa 1937 a mathematical rule concerning the differentiation of a function of a function (as f [u(x)]) by which under suitable conditions of continuity and differentiability one function is differentiated with respect to the second function considered as an independent variable and then the second function is differentiated with respect to its independent variable

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