Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH105/April 2009/Question 01 (c)
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Question 01 (c) 

Find all points where may have a relative maximum of minimum. 
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Hint 1 

Try finding critical points. 
Hint 2 

Remember critical points are points where both partial derivatives are zero. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Taking the partial derivatives yields Setting these to zero gives Solving the second equation for x yields x = 2y, which we plug into the first equation to obtain and hence y = 1. Thus x = 2 and so the only point where a maximum or minimum may exist is at . 