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Unformatted text preview: Math 326A. Midterm Sample. 1. Consider the function f ( x, y ) = x 5 + y 5 x 3 + y 3 for ( x, y ) negationslash = (0 , 0), with the value f (0 , 0) = 0. Show that f ( x, y ) is differentiable at (0 , 0) by verifying that the partial derivatives are defined at (0 , 0) and that one of them (your choice) is continuous at (0 , 0). (Use the quotient formula to compute a partial derivative at any point ( x, y ) negationslash = (0 , 0).) Solution: f x  (0 , 0) = d ( f ( x, 0) dx  x =0 = d ( x 2 ) dx  x =0 = 2 x  x =0 = 0 . In the same spirit, f y  (0 , 0) = 0. To check for continuity of f y at (0 , 0), we need to see if lim ( x,y ) (0 , 0) f y = f y  (0 , 0) , i.e. if lim ( x,y ) (0 , 0) f y = 0. To compute the limit, we have the following formula for f y which is valid at points ( x, y ) negationslash = (0 , 0): f y = 5 y 4 ( x 3 + y 3 ) ( x 5 + y 5 )(3 y 2 ) ( x 3 + y 3 ) 2 . Because the numerator is homogeneous of degree 7 and the denominator is homogeneous of degree 6, we have lim ( x,y ) (0 , 0) f y = 0, which is the value of f y  (0 , 0) . Hence, we have established the continuity of...
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2010 for the course MATH 323 taught by Professor Silverman during the Spring '10 term at University of Toronto Toronto.
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