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How to find global/local minimums/maximums.

  1. Aug 27, 2009 #1
    i've been searching the entire internet looking for a good how-to, but i have had no success. this is not a homework question, i am simply interested. and i would greatly appreciate some straightforward instruction.thanks in advance.
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  3. Aug 27, 2009 #2
    For function of one variable ... a course on calculus: this is one of the standard applications of derivatives.

    For function of n real variables ... a course on multivariable calculus. Gradients, Lagrange multipliers, etc.

    For a functional depending on a function ... "calculus of variations"

    For linear functional defined on a convex set ... "linear programming"

    For function of integer variables ... "integer programming"
  4. Aug 28, 2009 #3
    See this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxima_and_minima" [Broken].
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