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    Create a function with certain critical points

    Hello,

    I'm not sure how to get started on the following: Create a function F:\mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{R}, whose set of critical points is all of the twisted cubic, c(t)=(t,t^2,t^3)?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: Create a function with certain critical points

    F(x,y,z)=(y-x^2)^2+(z-x^3)^2

    The idea is, divide R^3 as R^3 = R^2 c, so that we can project every point p of R^3 to R^2, with c to a single point (0,0). Then define a function like u^2+v^2 on R^2 which has a single critical point at (0, 0).
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