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""Let f(x,y)=2(x^2)y-(y^3)+x-4.

a) Find the local linearization of f at (3,1)

b) Compute the directional derivative of f at (3,1) in the direction towards the point (-2,3). At (3,1), is the function f increasing or decreasing in the direction towards the point (-2,3)? Give a reason for your answer.

c) What direction, given as a unit vector, gives the maximum instantaneous rate of change in the function at (3,1)? In what direction, given as a unit vector, is the instantaneous rate of change at (3,1) equal to 0?"

My work:

a) Local linearization: f(x,y) + fx(x,y)(x-a) + fy(x,y)(y-b)

fx(x,y)= 4xy+1 ; fx(3,1) = 13

fy(x,y) = 2x^2-3y^2 ; fy(3,1) = 15

So, the local linearization is: f(x,y) = 16 + 13(x-3) + 15(y-1)