# Vector Analysis ifferential Calculus

1. Aug 28, 2008

### Benzoate

Vector Analysis:Differential Calculus

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

The height of a certain hill(in feet) is given by

h(x,y)=10(2xy-3x^2-4y^2-18x+28y+12)

where y is the distance (in miles) north, x the distance east of South Hadley

a)Where is the top of the hill located

b) How high is the hill?

2. Relevant equations

grad T=dT/dx xhat+dT/dy yhat+ dT/dz zhat

3. The attempt at a solution

a) I need to find the distance in the x direction , so I would take the derivative of h(x,y) with respect to x

dh/dx=20*x-12=0=> x=3/5 feet

b) same algorithm, only I am now ask to calculate how high the hill is and so I would take the derivative of h(x,y) with respect to y:

dh/dy=y=3*x+9=3*(.6)+9=10.8 feet

or maybe I should calculate h(x,y) in order to determine the height of the hill. Therefore , I'd plugged x and y into h(x,y) right?

Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
2. Aug 29, 2008

### tiny-tim

Hi Benzoate!

(have a curly d: ∂ )
Nooo …

Your ∂h/∂x and ∂h/∂x are completely wrong …

and what happened to all the other terms (and all the other 10s)?

You need to go back to your book and look again at how to do partial derivatives …

3. Aug 29, 2008

### Benzoate

Re: Vector Analysis:Differential Calculus

wow I messed up big time with calculating my partial derivatives.

Anyway, dh/dx= 20y-90x-180= and dh/dy= 20x-80y+280 =0. once I calculate my values for x and y , I would be able to calculate the height which is h(x,y), correct?

4. Aug 29, 2008

### tiny-tim

(what happened to that ∂ I gave you? )

erm … 90x is wrong

and the equations would be a lot more manageable if you'd divided them by 20
That's right!

5. Aug 29, 2008

### HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
Re: Vector Analysis:Differential Calculus

Why is this listed under "physics" rather than "mathematics"?

6. Aug 29, 2008

### Benzoate

Re: Vector Analysis:Differential Calculus

well because the problem came from my intro to Electrodynamics textbook

7. Aug 30, 2008

### tiny-tim

it's field theory …

The hill was part of a field!