Re: partial differentiation

Hi you derivate are good. Maybe if you explain the question you trying to solve I can help more.

Try the Lagrange multiplier?

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Re: partial differentiation

Well, it might seem silly asking for a solution to my problem, but that is what actually would help, so I can compare it with the solutions for other problems and draw some conclusions as to method from there.

As I wrote earlier, my problem is about minimizing

as long as the solution fulfills

It must be mentioned that I haven't had any relevant calculus courses to actually solve the problem.

Re: partial differentiation

I'll guess you don't know about lagrange multiplier and work without them (anyway this is probably faster without it!)

aight in

plug in the

Now we need to find the min of f(x). This you should be able to!

if f'(x) = 0

then

these iare the only point that might be a min or a max. (I'll leave to you to check if it's a min or a max. and its value.)

edit: Typo mistake, I need to slow down when I type stuff..

hope that helped

Re: partial differentiation

Well, that was actually my first approach. What happened was that I got some quite weird results, but since you again propose the same method (which would imply that it might actually work), I will try redoing it, and I will see what I get. I might have made some algebraic screw-up the first time i did it. I'll post, once I see if it works, but I do recognise from my own solution.

Re: partial differentiation

its 2^(3/4) not 2^(2/3) watch out!

Re: partial differentiation

BTW, err... From my solution:

with defined and substituted:

Solve the critical point equation:

Same result as earlier :/

BTW:

...

My reason for suspicion. The has obviously been found by solving the constraint equation for with substituted for .

Re: partial differentiation

Watch out I made a mistake when I sustitued the h. but the answer you have there seem good. I'm in my class right now. I'll check this out during the break

Re: partial differentiation

To find H put that value on X in V(x,h).

your answer seem very good to me!

still not sure? Let me know I'll try to be more precise.

Re: partial differentiation

I spent some time researching Lagrange multipliers, and I somewhat got the idea of it, but I have been making some sort of mistake when attempting to apply the method, in the sense that I could not solve the three equations, it yielded ... which might imply errors in terms of both algebra and calculus. There is quite a few places, I might have slipped up (Wondering), so if it's not too time consuming (or actually, it is quite time consuming using Lagrange multipliers, it seems), I would appreciate an example of a solution by that method for reasons of comparison.

Re: partial differentiation

We have

we start by evaluating the derivate.

Now that we know the derivate we use the langrage multiplier we end up with these equation

You then have to find the value of x,h and . you should end with x =

thats pretty much the idea of it. Both method work, its up to you to find the "Best" one for each problem. but you should not have different answer.

Re: partial differentiation

That is actually very similar to what I did. I will go to bed soon, but I'll try redoing it by method of Lagrange tomorrow, and we'll see what happens :)

Re: partial differentiation

Aight let me know how it ended!