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Homework Help: Epsilon-delta proof

  1. Dec 7, 2005 #1


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    We need to prove that f(x,y)=x^2 - 2xy is differentiable using epsilon-delta. When I do it, I just cant get rid of most of the terms.

    It would be easy to prove that it's differentiable at (0,0), but differentiable at any point...it just doesnt seem to simplify.
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  3. Dec 7, 2005 #2

    matt grime

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    differentiable as in the partial derivatives exist and are continuous... that's quite easy isn't it? just write out the partials and show they are continuous

    f_y= -2x

    you can show that is a continuous function of x,y with epsilons and deltas, right?
  4. Dec 7, 2005 #3


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    Actually he stated that we should do it from the definition:

    \mathop {\lim }\limits_{\left( {x,y} \right) \to \left( {x_0 ,y_0 } \right)} \frac{{\left\| {f\left( {x,y} \right) - f\left( {x_0 ,y_0 } \right) - D_f \left( {x_0 ,y_0 } \right) \cdot \left( {x - x_0 ,y - y_0 } \right)} \right\|}}{{\left\| {\left( {x - x_0 ,y - y_0 } \right)} \right\|}} = 0

    which is where im having some problems.
    Obviously, yes it would be easy to simply prove that it is C1, which in turn would imply differentiability...
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