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Homework Help: Sign of second derivative from contour

  1. Feb 29, 2012 #1
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    At (-1, -5), moving up along y causes a drop in the value of the function, so the first derivative wrt y is negative.

    Since the contour lines also get closer in this direction, the function is dropping at in increasing rate, so the second derivative yy is negative.

    Is that all there is to it?

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  3. Feb 29, 2012 #2


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    That sounds right to me.
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