$f\begin{pmatrix}x\\y\end{pmatrix}:=\begin{cases}\frac{x^2y}{x^6+2y^2}& (x,y)^T\neq(0,0)^T\\0&(x,y)^T=(0,0)^T\end{cases}$

I want to find out if $f$ is continuously partially differentiable at $(0,0)^T$.

The partial derivates at $(0,0)^T$ are both equal to $0$. So if $f$ were differentiable at $(0,0)^T$ we would have

$$\lim_{x,y\to 0}\frac{f(x,y)}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}}=0$$ Using polar coordinates I end up with

$$\lim_{r\to 0}\frac{r^3 \cos^2 \phi \sin \phi}{(r^6 \cos^6 \phi +2 r^2 \sin^2\phi)r}$$

Which does't converge to $0$. So this means $f$ is not differentiable at $(0,0)^T$ and therefore not continuously partially differentiable at $(0,0)^T$.

Is that correct?


When you wrote$$\lim_{x,y\to 0}\frac{f(x,y)}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}},$$you meant$$\lim_{x,y\to 0}\frac{f(x,y)}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}}=0.$$Otherwise, it is correct.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! When checking differentiability at $(0,0)$ can I simply do it like I did it or do I have to first check if the function is continuous at $(0,0)$? $\endgroup$ – conrad Nov 10 '18 at 19:30
  • $\begingroup$ No, you don't have to check continuity. $\endgroup$ – José Carlos Santos Nov 10 '18 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ @user610431 In fact, if you know a function is not continous at a point, you automatically also know that it's not differentiable at that point $\endgroup$ – Ovi Nov 10 '18 at 20:24

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