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**nubshat** Assume you are located at a point $\vec{a}=(a,b)$ on a function $f(x,y)$. If you want to travel in a direction $\vec{u}=(u_1,u_2)$ corresponding to an angle $\alpha$ measured from the positive x-axis, show that

$D_{\vec{u}}f(\vec{a})=f_x(a,b)cos\alpha + f_y(a,b)sin\alpha$

My attempt at the solution.

$D_{\vec{u}}f(\vec{a}) = \nabla f(\vec{a})*\vec{u} = |\nabla f(\vec{a})||\vec{u}|cos\alpha$

I'm not sure where to go from here, or if I'm even using the correct angle, I think the angle for dot product should be the one between the two vectors and $\alpha$ is from the x axis.

Some help would be appreciated.

Thanks