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

Let f: R^n -> R be defined as follows:

f(x) = x*L(x) where * denotes the standard inner product and L: R^n -> R^n is a linear

function.

I'm trying to find the directional derivative f'(x;u).

2. Relevant equations

I know that f'(x;u) (the directional derivative of f(x) in the direction of the unit vector u)

is equal to gradient(f(x)) * u where * denotes inner product.

3. The attempt at a solution

In this case gradient(f(x)) = gradient(x*L(x)) = gradient(x)*L(x) + L(x)*gradient(x)

(Not sure if this step is correct).

Then because L: R^n -> R^n is a linear map the differential of L is L again, no?

So we get: gradient(f(x)) = gradient(x)*L(x) + L(x)*gradient(x) = 2L(x)*gradient(x).

Conclusion: the directional derivative in the direction of u is then (2L(x)*gradient(x))*u where u is a unit vector.

Is this correct? I'm a little bit confused about the part of L being a linear map, is it correct

to state that the gradient is again L itself?

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