1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Find the point(s) on the surface z2 - 10xy = 10 nearest to the origin. 3. The attempt at a solution I will minimize distance by minimizing distance2. So, D = x2 + y2 + z2, where z2 - 10xy = 10. By Lagrange multipliers I have, 2x = -10yλ 2y = -10xλ 2z = 2zλ. By the last equation, clearly either z = 0 or λ = 1 or λ = 0. I will test λ = 1 first with the condition y ≠ 0 and x ≠ 0. By dividing the first equation by the second equation I have, x/y = y/x, which implies x = y. But clearly 2x ≠ -10x when x ≠ 0. So I reject λ = 1 with the condition y ≠ 0 and x ≠ 0. I will now test λ = 1 first with the condition y = 0. I have, 2(0) = 10 * x * 1, so clearly x = 0. (Similarly, I could have tested with the condition x = 0 and found y = 0.) By the constraint equation I have z2 - 10(0)(0) = 10, so clearly z = ±√10. Suppose z = 0. Then x ≠ 0 and y ≠ 0 because, in our constraint equation, -10xy = 10. So clearly xy = -1. I will now divide 2x = -10yλ by 2y = -10xλ and again find x = y. This implies, x2 = -1 or y2 = -1. x = i or y = i. I reject these solutions as crazy. Suppose λ = 0. Then it must follow that y = 0 and x = 0. Again, plugging into our constraint equation gives z = ±√10. Therefore, Lagrange multipliers give the points (0,0,±√10), both of which give distance √10. However, by inspection, one can see that the points (1,-1,0) and (-1,1,0) also satisfy the constraint and give distance √2. Ideas where I went wrong?