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Homework Help: Calculte growth is some direction question

  1. Aug 12, 2009 #1
    i know that the maximal growth is the gradiend of a function.

    the formula is:


    \triangledown f=f_x'\vec{i}+f_y'\vec{j}+f_z'\vec{k}


    so when i am given a function


    i am was told that it growth on point M(1,2,6) in direction
    [tex]\hat{a}=(\frac{1}{3},\frac{2}{3},\frac{2}{3})[/tex] is 1

    what is the gradient of f (maximal growth).

    i tried to get it like this:

    first of all i need a function which looks like this f(x,y,z)=...

    in order to find the gradient

    i dont know how to do the gradient of a function which i was given.

    if i substiute the point


    i know i should write


    (grad f(1,2,6)\dot \hat{a}=1


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  3. Aug 12, 2009 #2


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    Hi khdani! :smile:

    (have a grad: ∇ and a curly d: ∂ and try using the X2 tag just above the Reply box :wink:)
    That's right :smile:

    or better still, f(x,y,z) = g(x,y) where g = 3x - 5y.

    Now z = 2x2 + y2,

    so, using the chain rule, df/dx = … ?, df/dy = … ?, df/dz = … ? :wink:
  4. Aug 12, 2009 #3
    "so, using the chain rule, df/dx = … ?, df/dy = … ?, df/dz = … "


    you say i would substitute z with[tex] 2x^2+y^2[/tex]
    so i get
    so [tex]f'_x=3[/tex]
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