# Calculus: climbing a hill

1. Feb 15, 2005

### tandoorichicken

Suppose you are climbing a hill whose shape is given by the equation $z = 1000 - 0.01x^2 - 0.02y^2$, where x, y, and z are measure in meters, and you are standing at a point with coordinates (50,80,847). The positive x-axis points east and the positive y-axis points north.
(a)If you walk due south, will you start to ascend or descend? At what rate?
(b)If you walk due northwest, will you start to ascend or descend? At what rate?
(c)In which direction is the slope largest? What is the rate of ascent in that direction? At what angle above the horizontal does the path in that direction begin?

for (a) and (b), I am pretty sure you ascend, but I don't know how to find the rate. For (c), I am totally lost.

2. Feb 16, 2005

### s_a

z = 1000 - 0.01x^2 - 0.02y^2

at (50,80,847),