How do you find the critical point and determine whether

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How do you find the critical point and determine whether it is a local maximum, local minimum, or neither for f(x,y)=x2+4x+y2?

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Beginner2022-01-26Added 14 answers

The first-order partial derivatives of z=f(x,y)=x2+4x+y2 are zx=2x+4 and zy=2y.
Setting both of these equal to zero results in a system of equations whose unique solution is clearly (x,y)=(2,0), so this is the unique critical point of f.
The second-order partials are 2zx2=2,2zy2=2 and 2zxy=2zyx=0
This makes the discriminant for the (multivariable) Second Derivative Test equal to
which means the critical point is either a local max or a local min (it's not a saddle point).
Since 2zx2=2>0, the critical point is a local min.


Beginner2022-01-27Added 10 answers

The critical point makes both partial derivatives 0 (simultaneously).
For this function there is one critical point: (2,0)
To determine whether f has a local minimum, maximum or neither at this point we apply the second derivative test for functions of two variables. (Well, we try to apply it. It does not always give an answer.)
fxy(x,y)=0 (As usual, this is also fyx(x,y))
Evaluate the second partials at the critical point (In this case they are all constant, but in general we cannot skip this step.)
At the critical point (2,0), we get
Calculate D=ACB2
Apply the second derivative test:
Since D is positive, we look at A and with D>0 and A>0, we have a local minimum at the critical point.
f (2,0)=48=4
f has a local minimum of−4 at (2,0).

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