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    Correct but backwards?

    I'm trying to find the points on x^2+8xy+7y^2=225 which are nearest the origin.

    Let:

    D^2=f(x,y)=x^2+y^2

    g(x,y)=x^2+8xy+7y^2-225=0

    So:

    f_x+\lambda g_x=0\Longrightarrow 2x+\lambda(2x+8y)=0 \Longrightarrow \lambda = -\frac{x}{x+4y}

    f_y+\lambda g_y=0\Longrightarrow 2y+\lambda(8x+14y)=0 \Longrightarrow \lambda = -\frac{y}{4x+7y}

    Hence:

    \frac{x}{x+4y}=\frac{y}{4x+7y} \Longrightarrow 4x^2+6xy-4y^2=0 \Longrightarrow (x+2y)(2x-y)=0

    Which yields: x=-2y,y=2x

    Inserting x=-2y into g(x,y) gives imaginary solutions which are ignored.

    Inserting y=2x into g(x,y):

    x^2+16x^2+28x^2=225 \Longrightarrow x=\pm \sqrt 5

    So the solutions are (\sqrt 5, 2\sqrt 5), (-\sqrt 5, -2\sqrt 5)

    The problem is when I look at the graph the solutions seem to be:

    (2\sqrt 5, \sqrt 5), (-2\sqrt 5, -\sqrt 5)

    Any ideas?
    Last edited by billym; November 2nd 2009 at 04:28 PM.
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