I am trying to find the level curves for the function g(x,y)= k = xy/(x^2+y^2).I get, x^2+y^2-xy/k=0. I know this is an ellipse, but I do not know how to factor, and find values of k for which the level curves exist.

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- September 25th 2012, 12:10 AMdnftpLevel Curves of xy/(x^2+y^2)
I am trying to find the level curves for the function g(x,y)= k = xy/(x^2+y^2).I get, x^2+y^2-xy/k=0. I know this is an ellipse, but I do not know how to factor, and find values of k for which the level curves exist.

- September 25th 2012, 02:25 AMtom@ballooncalculusRe: Level Curves of xy/(x^2+y^2)
No because you have minus xy, not minus constants ab, i.e.

x^2+y^2-xy/k=0 - Wolfram|Alpha

not

ellipse - Wolfram|Alpha

E.g. for k = 1/4

x^2+y^2-4xy=0 - Wolfram|Alpha

and k = 1/2

x^2+y^2-2xy=0 - Wolfram|Alpha

and k from -1/2 to 1/2

z= (xy)/(x^2 + y^2) - Wolfram|Alpha - September 25th 2012, 08:17 AMSomeone2841Re: Level Curves of xy/(x^2+y^2)