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    need help

    Determine the maximum and minimum of the function

    in the square having corners at points and .
    my progress:

    derivate on x i get 12x^2-6y
    derivate on y i get 12y-6x
    idk if this is right thinking but i wanna solve x and i get
    y=6x/12
    so i got 12x^2-6x/12=0 and we get that x_1=0 and x_2=1/24 i am right or wrong and what shall i do next?

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    Re: need help

    You have the right idea. You want to equate the partials to zero and solve the resulting system to find the critical points:

    f_x(x,y)=12x^2-6y=0

    f_y(x,y)=12y-6x=0

    Solve this system, we find:

    (x,y)=(0,0),\,\left(\frac{1}{4},\frac{1}{8} \right)

    Now you want to use the second partials test for relative extrema:

    Let (a,b) be a critical point of z=f(x,y) and suppose f_{xx},\,f_{yy} and f_{xy} are continuous in a rectangular region containing (a,b).

    Let D(x,y)=f_{xx}(x,y)f_{yy}(x,y)-(f_{xy}(x,y))^2.

    i) If D(a,b)>0 and f_{xx}(a,b)>0, then f(a,b) is a relative minimum.

    ii) If D(a,b)>0 and f_{xx}(a,b)<0, then f(a,b) is a relative maximum.

    iii) If D(a,b)<0, then f(a,b) is not an extremum.

    iv) If D(a,b)=0, then no conclusion can be drawn concerning a relative extremum.

    Using this test, what conclusions can be drawn about the critical points?
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