# Tagged Questions

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### Geometric intuition for mixed partial derivatives

I'm trying to better understand exactly what $f_{xy}(x,y)$ at a point is geometrically, and possibly understand why $f_{xy}$ and $f_{yx}$ should be equivalent, not just because the math happened to ...
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### Understanding arguments to functions in $\mathbb R^n$

Example of two theorems I have problems with: Mean value theorem: $U\subseteq\mathbb R^n$ open, $f:U\to\mathbb R^m$continuously differentiable, $x\in U$, $\xi\in\mathbb R^n$ such that $x+t\xi\in U$ ...
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### In regards to lagrange multipliers, Confusion about derivation.

In my calculus III textbook, the following sentence is causing trouble for me and preventing me from understanding the theory behind Lagrange multipliers. "Since the gradient vector for a given ...
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### General formula for dependent probability distributions

Recently I encountered the following problem: What is the mean distance between two random points on a unit square? I understand pen and paper methods for solving this exist however I'm ...
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### What is an intuitive extension of extreme-values and critical points in one variable to multiple variables?

While it is simple to grasp limits in multiple variables, since the formal definition extends in the obvious way, I am having a harder time grasping the same concept with critical points and extreme ...
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### Line Integrals and Surface Integrals

Can someone please explain what surface integrals and line integrals are measuring? Is a line integral the arc length along a surface, and a surface integral is the surface area? Also, why is a line ...
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### Why is it that $\int_a^b \int_c^d f(x)g(y)\,dy\,dx=\int_a^b f(x)\,dx \int_c^d g(y)\,dy$?

The title sums it up. It's simple to prove, but I'm wondering if there is a geometric interpretation?
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### If $z = f(x, y)$, then why are $\partial_x z$ and $\partial_y z$ functions of x and y also? [Stewart P905]

This is Figure 5 from P905 which appears to show this, but Stewart doesn't write this explicitly or explain. I'm interested in an informal, intuitive explanation please. I'm not interested in a ...
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### Stokes' Theorem Explanation

Can someone explain what Stokes' Theorem is measuring? What would taking the integral of a vector on a surface give you? When would you use it? This is the only definition I have and I don't really ...
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I want to understand intuitively why it is that the gradient gives the direction of steepest ascent. (I will consider the case of $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}$) The standard proof is to note that the ...
Is there a good interpretation of what the normal vector (and its magnitude) $$\mathbf{N}=\frac{\partial \mathbf{X}}{\partial s}\times\frac{\partial\mathbf{X}}{\partial t}$$ to the parametric surface ...