# Math Help - directional derivatives

1. ## directional derivatives

Suppose that you are climbing a hill whose shape is given by , and that you are at the point (90, 40, 300).
1) In which direction (unit vector) should you proceed initially in order to reach the top of the hill fastest? Answer : $<-12.6/ \sqrt{174.76},-4/ \sqrt{174.76}>$

2) If you climb in that direction, at what angle above the horizontal will you be climbing initially (radian measure)?

How to do 2) ?

$f_{x}=-.14x, \;\ f_{y}=-.10y$

$\nabla f(90,40)=-12.6i-4j$

The max value of the directional derivative is $||{\nabla}f(90,40)||=\sqrt{(\frac{-63}{5})^{2}+(-4)^{2}}=\frac{\sqrt{4369}}{5}\approx 13.22$

A unit vector in this direction is:

$\frac{-12.6}{13.22}i-\frac{4}{13.22}j$

$\sqrt{174.76}=13.22$