(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Find the local maximum and minimum values and saddle point(s) of the function.

f(x,y) = 1 + 2xy - x^2 - y^2

2. Relevant equations

The Second Derivative Test: let D = D(a,b) = fxx(a,b)*fyy(a,b) - [fxy(a,b)]^2

if D > 0 and fxx(a,b) > 0, then f(a,b) is a local minimum

if D > 0 and fxx(a,b) < 0, then f(a,b) is a local maximum

if D < 0 then f(a,b) is a saddle point

if D = 0 then the test is inconclusive

3. The attempt at a solution

I tried to use the Second Derivative Test to find the local mins, maxes, and saddle points but it's inconclusive, and I don't know how else to find them. My textbook says the answer is "f has a local maximum value of 1 at all points of the form (x, x)"

This is my work for the Second Derivative Test:

fx = 2y - 2x = 0 --> 2y = 2x --> y = x

fy = 2x - 2y = 0 --> 2x - 2(x) = 0 --> 0 = 0

so i guess there are critical points at every value where y = x... which matches the textbook's answer.

and then:

fxx = -2

fyy = -2

fxy = 2

so D = fxx * fyy - (fxy)^2 = (-2)*(-2) - 2^2 = 4 - 4 = 0 so the test is inconclusive

Is there a different way to find the local mins, maxes, and saddle points?

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

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