For all real numbers $a$ and $b$ find the minimum of the following expression.
$$(a-b)^2 + (2-a-b)^2 + (2a-3b)^2$$
I tried expressing the entire expression in terms of a single function of $a$ and $b$. For example, if the entire expression reduces to $(a-2b)^2+(a-2b)+5$ then its minimum can be easily found. But nothing seems to get this expression in such a form, because of the third unsymmetric square.
Since there are two variables here we can also not use differentiation.
Can you please provide hints on how to solve this?