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How to find the direction of smallest ascent?

Say I am given an infinitely differentiable function $f: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ at a point $x_0$. I know that unit vector in the direction of steepest ascent / descent of $f$ can be ...
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Confusion about Partial Derivative for a Function of One Variable

This question actually came up as I was reading an example in my differential equations book (Boyce & Diprima): Solve: $2x+y^2+2xyy'=0$ Define $\psi(x,y)=x^2+xy^2$ Then ...
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Direction where the directional derivative is maximal

I am given the following function: $$ f(x,y)=\sqrt[3]{x^2 y } $$ at (0,0), and need to find the directions $\vec{v}$ for which the directional derivative $D_\vec{v} f (0,0)$ is maximal. I know the ...
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Question involving gradient of a function.

We are given any arbitrary ellipse with focii $F1$ and $F2$ , $T$ is the unit tangent to the ellipse through a point $P$. Let $f$ be the sum of the distances of the of $F1$ and $F2$ from $P$ , we ...
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Find local extrema of $x_1+5x_2$ when $2x_1+3x_2=1$ and $x_1-x_2+x_3=0$.

I'm trying to solve the following problem: Find all local extrema of $f:M\to\mathbb{R}$ where $$ M :=\left\{x\in\mathbb{R}^3: 2x_1+3x_2=1,\ x_1-x_2+x_3=0\right\} $$ and $$ f(x)=x_1+5x_2,\ ...
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Calc 3 Problem about work [on hold]

Find the work done by the force → F = −2k to move an object from the point P(2, 1, 1) to the point Q(−1, −1, 1).
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Finding Conditional Distribution of Multivariate distribution

Q: Supposing y ~ N4 (µ,∑) and µ = (1 2 3 -2)' ∑ =\begin{pmatrix} 4 & 2 & -1 & 2\\ 2&6&3&-2\\ -1&3&5&-4 \\ 2 &-2 ...
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Find lower and upper bound of $f: \{x \in \mathbb{R}^3 : x_{1}^2 + 2x_{2}^2 + 3x_3^2 \le 6 \} \to \mathbb{R}$

$f$ is given by the formula : $f(x) = 2x_1 + 4x_2 - 6x_3$ Since the domain of $f$ is a bounded and closed set, $f(x)$ does have upper and lower bounds, either in the interior of its domain or on the ...
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Why does max. increase have to be along the x,y,z axis in gradient?

$$\nabla f = \left(\frac{\partial f}{\partial x}, \frac{\partial f}{\partial y}, \frac{\partial f}{\partial z}\right)$$ These components are the rate of increase along the $x$, $y$ and $z$ directions ...
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What is the matrix $\left[ DS(A) \right]$, which gives $\left[ DS(A) \right] H=AH+HA$?

In Hubbard's multivariable calculus book $DS(A):H \mapsto AH+HA$ is introduced as a linear transformation where $A$ is an $n \times n$ matrix, $S(A)=A^2$, and $D$ is the notation for derivative. It ...
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Can single variable function be represented by field? [on hold]

Is field concept in mathematics directly related to multi variable functions? Can single variable function be represented by field?
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Equality of mixed partial/total derivative

I have $F = F(x_1(t),x_2(t),\dotsc,t)$, where $x_1,x_2,...$ are (unknown) functions of $t$. Everything is continuous, differentiable, etc. Is it possibly, necessarily, or never true that ...
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$f:\mathbb R^{2} \rightarrow \mathbb R$ s.t ${f(x,y)}={{xy}\over {x^{2}+y}}$ is not continuous at the origin

$f:\mathbb R^{2} \rightarrow \mathbb R$ is defined as $${f(x,y)}={{xy}\over {x^{2}+y}}$$; when $x^{2}+y\neq 0$ and $$f(x,y)=0$$ otherwise. To show this is not continuous at the origin . ...
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If $A^k$ consistently approximates $\nabla^2f(x^k)$ with $x^k\to x^*$ and $\nabla^2f(x^*)$ regular, then the $A^k$ are regular, too

Let's call $\left\{A^k\right\}\subseteq\mathbb R^{n\times n}$ a consistent approximation of $\left\{B^k\right\}\subseteq\mathbb R^{n\times n}$ iff ...
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Trying to show $|\overrightarrow{a}\times\overrightarrow{b}|^2=|\overrightarrow{a}|^2|\overrightarrow{b}|^2-(\overrightarrow{a}⋅\overrightarrow{b})^2$

If $\overrightarrow{a} = \langle a_1, a_2, a_3 \rangle$ and $\overrightarrow{b} = \langle b_1, b_2, b_3 \rangle$, then the cross product of $\overrightarrow{a}$ and $\overrightarrow{b}$ is the ...
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Finding the gradient of a function.

A function $f=f(x,y)$ has continuous partial derivatives , and assume that maximal directional derivative of $f$ at $(0,0)$ is equal to $100$ and is attained in the direction towards $(3,-4)$ , we ...
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Jacobi determinant for high-dimensional sphere inversion

I need to find the Jacobi determinant for the unit sphere inversion in $\mathbb{R}^n$, i.e. the map given by $f(x) = \frac x {|x|^2}$ for $x\in \mathbb{R}^n$. The main problem is to figure out the ...
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How to find Tangent Normal Binornmal vectors of parametric knot

I am given parametric equations of torus knot: $$x = (a+b\cos(qt))\cos(pt)$$ $$y= (a+b\cos(qt))\sin(pt)$$ $$z= c\sin(qt)$$ where $0<t<2\pi$. I need to find Tangent, Normal and Binormal ...
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Finding the directional derivative.

We need to find the directional derivative of the function , $f(x,y) = x^{2}+y^{2}+xy$ at $P(1,-1)$ in the direction towards origin. The direction towards origin form the point $(1,-1)$ is ...
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Finding $P$ knowing $\overrightarrow{PQ}×\overrightarrow{b}$, $\overrightarrow{PQ}⋅\overrightarrow{c}$, $\overrightarrow{b}$, and $\overrightarrow{c}$

Let $Q$ be the point $(1,2,3)$, let $\overrightarrow{b} = \langle -1, 0, 1\rangle$, and let $\overrightarrow{c} = \langle 2, 1, 5\rangle$. It is known that $\overrightarrow{PQ} \times ...
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Find $\overrightarrow{b}$ knowing $comp_{\overrightarrow{a}}\overrightarrow{b} = 5$ and $\overrightarrow{a}$

I am trying to solve the following question: Given that $\overrightarrow{a} = \langle3, 2, -1\rangle$, find a vector $\overrightarrow{b}$ such that $comp_{\overrightarrow{a}}\overrightarrow{b} = ...
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Inverse Function Theorem: is this true?

The inverse function theorem is usually stated as follows: Let $f:\mathbb R^n \to \mathbb R^n$ be a smooth map and let $x_0$ be a point such that $\det J_f (x_0) \neq 0$. Then there exists an open ...
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Obtaining z-transform of multivariate nonlinear difference equations

I need to obtain the z-transform of difference equations that are as follows: My problem however is multivariate and looks like this: $$ \begin{align} x_{k+1}&=ay_{k}+ x_{k}^2y_{k}\tag{1} \\ ...
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To prove that there is no scalar field $f'(a;y)>0$ for a fixed vector $a$ and every nonzero vector $y$.

To prove that there is no scalar field $f'(a;y)>0$ for a fixed vector $a$ and every nonzero vector $y$. I am having difficulty in this problem please help. Here $f'(a;y)$ is the derivative of $f$ ...
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Consider $F(x,y)=f(x+3y,2x-y)$…

If $f: \mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ where $F(x,y)=f(x+3y,2x-y)$ with $f$ is defferentiable and $\nabla f(0,0)=(4,-3)$ compute the derivate at the origin in the direction of unit vector ...
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Definition of differentiability at the point in multivariable calculus.

I'm self-studying the analysis from Zorich and the next definition of differentiability is given: $f:E\to \mathbb{R}^n$ is differentiable at the point $x$, which is a limit point of $E\subset ...
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Continuity at $(0,0)$ of $f(x,y)=2xy^2/(x^2+y^4)$ along the paths $φ(t)=(t,t)$ and $ψ(t)=(t^2,t)$

Let $f: \mathbb R^2→\mathbb R$, $φ: \mathbb R→\mathbb R^2$, $ψ: \mathbb R→ \mathbb R^2$ be given by $φ(t)=(t,t)$, $ψ(t)=(t^2,t)$, $t ∈ \mathbb R$ and $$f(x,y) = \begin{matrix} \frac{2xy^2}{x^2+y^4} ...
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Partial derivatives with component $e^{-y}$

I have to solve the equation $$f(x,y) = x^2e^{-y}$$ calculating the second partial derivatives for $x$ and $y$. I had no problem for variable $y$, I did it and it is correct. For the variable $x$ I ...
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For the classical diffusion equation ut = r (5ru) (in 3 space dimensions)

fi nd TWO changes of variables which changes the di ffusion constant from 5 to D = 1 for the new coordinate system?
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If $\nabla f(x,y,z) $ is always parallel to $xi+yj+zk$, them $f$ must be equal values at the points $(0,0,a)$ and $(0,0,-a)$.

If $\nabla f(x,y,z) $ is always parallel to $xi+yj+zk$, them $f$ must be equal values at the points $(0,0,a)$ and $(0,0,-a)$. I am having difficulty in the problem. Please help.
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Difficulty solving equation with partial derivatives

So when I was in school I never went past college algebra. But I have encountered a specific equation which I want to understand. At first I thought that an afternoon's focus would be enough to ...
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Splitting up a double integral

I need to compute the following integral: $$ 2\pi\nu^2\int^a_be^{x^2}\int_{-\infty}^xerfcx(-y)dydx, $$ where $erfcx(x)=e^{x^2}erfc(x)$, $erfc(x)=1 - erf(x)$, and $erf(x)$ is the error function. The ...
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Different Partial Derivatives Used in Curl in Proof of Stokes' Theorem

I was reading this proof of Stokes' theorem, which uses two different forms of partial derivatives in its syntax. The function at hand is $P(x, y, f(x, y))$, describing an arbitrary surface in ...
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Orthonomal bases and cross products

I want to show that if I have an orthonormal basis of $\mathbb{R}^3$, say $\{\boldsymbol{u}, \boldsymbol{v}, \boldsymbol{w}\}$, and if $\boldsymbol{u} × \boldsymbol{v} = \boldsymbol{w}$, then we have ...
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How I can evaluate $\lim_{(x,y) \rightarrow (0,0)} xy(\frac{1+xy}{x^3+y^3})^{1/3}$

I don't have idea how I can evaluate this double limit $$\lim_{(x,y) \rightarrow (0,0)} xy \left(\frac{1+xy}{x^3+y^3} \right) ^{1/3}$$ could you help me please! I try prove that $f$ is continuous: ...
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Limit $\lim_{\left(x,y\right) \rightarrow \left(0,0\right)} \frac{x^3+y^3}{\sin x^2+y^2}$ [on hold]

Find the limit of: $$\lim_{\left(x,y\right) \rightarrow \left(0,0\right)} \frac{x^3+y^3}{\left(\sin x^2 \right)+y^2}$$ How to find this limit? What is the most straightforward method?
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On the Spivak's proof of the theorem 3-11 (calculus on manifolds)

In second paragraph of the case 1 within the proof: What is $U$ s.t $A\subset U$ and satisfies in the proof of the case 1 of theorem 3-11. $\psi_i$ is defined on $U_i$ and its support is not ...
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Unable to perform cable theory equation [on hold]

First time posting, let me know if I'm in the wrong board. In my spare time I enjoy reading. I am currently reading Bioelectromagnetism. I stumbled across the cable theory equation for ...
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How to know function is increasing function for multi variable case?

If there is no leading power from the multi variable function, and if one of the partial derivative is negative and other partial derivative is positive How do I figure out whether the function ...
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Perturb a piecewise-linear path to make it $C^\infty$

I'm trying to prove that any two points on a path connected smooth manifold can be joined by a smooth path. It becomes easy if I can prove the following: Given a curve $\gamma :\mathbb{R} \to ...
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Calculate the flux through a closed surface

While studying for a test I have encountered such a task: Calculate the flux through a closed surface, where $S$ is a boundary of area $V$ with an outward orientation. The data: ...
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Metric tensor for n-sphere in ambient coordinates

Let $S^n$ be the unit n-sphere embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$: $$ S^n = \{ a \in \mathbb{R}^{n+1} \mid a \cdot a = 1 \} $$ What is the induced metric tensor for the sphere, in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ ...
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A triple integral dancing in the unit cube

Straight integration seems pretty tedious and difficult, and I suppose that the symmetry might possibly open some new ways of which I'm not aware. What would your idea be? $$\int_0^1 \int_0^1 ...
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Showing a multivariable function isn't continuous.

Suppose I wanted to show some multivariable (specifically, 2 variables, is what im referring to) function wasn't continuous. What ways are there to go about doing that? From what I know, there seem to ...
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Find the critical point and show it is not a global minimizer (using Hessian)

Consider the function $f(x,y) = x^3 + e^{3y}-3xe^y$. Show that $f$ has exactly one critical point and that this point is a local minimizer, but not a global minimizer. I have attempted this, but ...
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Methods of finding the line of intersection of two planes

I've experienced some confusion regarding the method to finding the line of intersection between two planes. I am aware of the method involving the cross product of the two plane's normal vector ...
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Find a formula for $f(x, y)$ given the following assumptions…?

I've been going through some examples in my textbook ready for a uni exam in a few days, and I am having difficulty with a few of the questions, in particular this one: A gene is a sequence of ...
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For the line $y = mx$, let $m = tan(\theta)$. Write $f(x, mx)$ as a function of $\theta$..?

I have a problem, and I am not sure how to solve it. This is the problem from my book: let $f(x, y)$ be given by the function: $$ f(x, y) = \begin{cases} \frac{2xy}{x^2 + y^2}, & (x, ...
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Find a smooth path along which a given function on the plane is not differentiable at the origin

From Bamberg & Sternberg’s A Course In Mathematics For Students of Physics, Exercise 6.1d: Let $F(x,y) = \frac{x^3y}{x^2+y^2}$ for $(x,y) \neq (0,0)$ and $F(0,0)=0$. Invent a smooth curve ...