by **Guest** » Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:14 am

For any function "f(x)", "df/dx" is the instantaneous rate of change of f compared to the rate of change of x. Whatever "x" represents "dx/dx" is the rate of change x compared to the rate of change of x. Since those are the same, dx/dx= 1.

I am not sure what you mean by "substitute x for sin(x) in dx/dx". There is NO "sin(x)" in dx/dx to be substituted for! Perhaps you meant "substitute sin(x) for x in dx/dx".

If you meant changing dx/dx to d(sin(x))/d(sin(x)) then, yes, x changes exactly as fast as x and sin(x) changes exactly as fast as sin(x) so both derivatives are 1.

If you meant changing dx/dx to d(sin(x))/dx then d(sin(x))/dx is cos(x), not at all the same as dx/dx.