I have function:

$$ f(x,y,z)=x+2y+\frac{z^2}{2} $$ and i would want to find it's minima and maxima with condition $x^2+y^2+z^2=5$

Attempt to solve

I can form Lagrange function with the limiting condition and the function itself.

Lagrange function is defined as

$$ L(x,y,z,\lambda)=f(x)+\lambda(g(x)) $$ $g(x)$ would be limiting condition. $$ L(x,y,z,\lambda)= x+2y+\frac{z^2}{2} + \lambda(x^2+y^2+z^2-5)$$

in order to find when this function has critical points i need to compute gradient.

$$ \nabla L(x,y,\lambda)=\begin{bmatrix} 1+2x\lambda \\ 2+2y\lambda \\ z+2z\lambda \\ x^2+y^2+z^2-5 \end{bmatrix} $$

$$ \begin{cases} 1+2x\lambda = 0 \\ 2+2y\lambda = 0 \\ z+2z\lambda =0 \\ x^2+y^2+z^2-5=0\end{cases} $$

$$ x=-\frac{1}{2\lambda} $$ $$ y=-\frac{2}{2\lambda} $$ $$ z=0 $$ $$ (-\frac{1}{2\lambda})^2+(-\frac{2}{2\lambda})^2+(0)^2-5=0 $$ $$ \frac{1}{4\lambda^2} + \frac{4}{4\lambda^2}-5=0 $$ $$ \frac{5}{4\lambda^2}-5=0 $$ $$ \frac{5}{4\lambda^2}=5 $$ $$ 20\lambda^2=5 $$ $$ \lambda = \sqrt{\frac{5}{20}}=\sqrt{\frac{1}{4}}=\frac{\sqrt{1}}{\sqrt{4}}=\frac{1}{2}$$ since for all $n\ge 0$ $\sqrt{\frac{m}{n}}=\frac{\sqrt{m}}{\sqrt{n}}$

Now i can compute values for $x$ & $y$

$$ 1+2(\cdot\frac{1}{2})x=0$$ $$ x=-1$$ $$ 2+2y\cdot (\frac{1}{2})=0 $$ $$ y=-2 $$

now for $z$

$$ z+2\cdot(\frac{1}{2})z=0$$ $$ z=0 $$

I found one such critical point $(-1,-2,0)$ now to compute what values this point has:

$$ f(-1,-2,0)=-1-2\cdot 2+ \frac{0^2}{2}=-5 $$

I don't know what tools i have for checking if this critical point is either maxima or minima but it certainly would look like a minima. I think there is version of hessian matrix called "bordered hessian" but this wasn't covered on our lecture so i am suppose to know only about the regular hessian which isn't sufficient way to tell on this if the point is minima or maxima. Also how do i find the another critical point (maxima) or how do i know if such point doesn't exist ?


why don't you consider the function $$g(x,y)=x+2y+\frac{5-x^2-y^2}{2}$$ this simplifies the problem and this is $$-\frac{1}{2}(x-1)^2-\frac{1}{2}(y-2)^2+5$$ and the minimum is given by $-5$


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