# Thread: Finding critical numbers of a product involving an exponential function

1. ## Finding critical numbers of a product involving an exponential function

Ok, so the original function is $\displaystyle f(x,y)=(x^2+4y^2)e^{1-x^2-y^2}$ and the problem is to find the derivative with respect to x, respect to y, respect to xx, respect to yy, and respect to xy/yx and find the critical numbers as well as any relative extrema or saddle point if applicable.

I found that the derivative with respect to x is $\displaystyle f'x(x,y)=2xe^{1-x^2-y^2}(1-x^2-4y^2)$, the derivative with respect to y is $\displaystyle f'y(x,y)=2ye^{1-x^2-y^2}(4-x^2-4y^2)$, the derivative with respect to xx is $\displaystyle f'xx(x,y)=2e^{1-x^2-y^2}(1-5x^2+2x^4+8x^2y^2-4y^2)$, the derivative with respect to yy is $\displaystyle f'yy(x,y)=2e^{1-x^2-y^2}(4-x^2-20y^2+2x^2y^2+8y^4)$ and finally the derivative with respect to xy is $\displaystyle f'xy(x,y)=-4xye^{1-x^2-y^2}(5-x^2-4y^2)$.

Now, I tried setting $\displaystyle 2xe^{1-x^2-y^2}$ from $\displaystyle f'x$ equal to $\displaystyle 2ye^{1-x^2-y^2}$ from $\displaystyle f'y$ but that didn't work. I tried doing substitution for $\displaystyle 4-x^2-4y^2=0$ and $\displaystyle 1-x^2-4y^2=0$ but that ends up being 1=4 which obviously isn't true nor is it a CN...so how would I find the CN's for this problem? I'm sure I'm overlooking something simple, however, I can't find out what that simple thing is.

2. Originally Posted by emttim84
Ok, so the original function is $\displaystyle f(x,y)=(x^2+4y^2)e^{1-x^2-y^2}$ and the problem is to find the derivative with respect to x, respect to y, respect to xx, respect to yy, and respect to xy/yx and find the critical numbers as well as any relative extrema or saddle point if applicable.

I found that the derivative with respect to x is $\displaystyle f'x(x,y)=2xe^{1-x^2-y^2}(1-x^2-4y^2)$, the derivative with respect to y is $\displaystyle f'y(x,y)=2ye^{1-x^2-y^2}(4-x^2-4y^2)$, the derivative with respect to xx is $\displaystyle f'xx(x,y)=2e^{1-x^2-y^2}(1-5x^2+2x^4+8x^2y^2-4y^2)$, the derivative with respect to yy is $\displaystyle f'yy(x,y)=2e^{1-x^2-y^2}(4-x^2-20y^2+2x^2y^2+8y^4)$ and finally the derivative with respect to xy is $\displaystyle f'xy(x,y)=-4xye^{1-x^2-y^2}(5-x^2-4y^2)$.

Now, I tried setting $\displaystyle 2xe^{1-x^2-y^2}$ from $\displaystyle f'x$ equal to $\displaystyle 2ye^{1-x^2-y^2}$ from $\displaystyle f'y$ but that didn't work. I tried doing substitution for $\displaystyle 4-x^2-4y^2=0$ and $\displaystyle 1-x^2-4y^2=0$ but that ends up being 1=4 which obviously isn't true nor is it a CN...so how would I find the CN's for this problem? I'm sure I'm overlooking something simple, however, I can't find out what that simple thing is.
When you put each of your (correct ) partial derivatives equal to zero you get:

x = 0 or $\displaystyle 1 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$

y = 0 or $\displaystyle 4 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$

Note that the factor $\displaystyle e^{1 - x^2 - y^2} \neq 0$ for real values of x and y.

You're quite right about $\displaystyle 1 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$ and $\displaystyle 4 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$ being simultaneously inconsistent.

But it looks like you overlooked the simple solution (0, 0) ........

3. Originally Posted by mr fantastic
When you put each of your (correct ) partial derivatives equal to zero you get:

x = 0 or $\displaystyle 1 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$

y = 0 or $\displaystyle 4 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$

Note that the factor $\displaystyle e^{1 - x^2 - y^2} \neq 0$ for real values of x and y.

You're quite right about $\displaystyle 1 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$ and $\displaystyle 4 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$ being simultaneously inconsistent.

But it looks like you overlooked the simple solution (0, 0) ........
Hmm, fair enough, but the solutions manual states there are the critical numbers 0,0....0,1...0,-1...1,0...-1,0 so I'm mainly unsure of where they get the plus or minus 1 for the X and then the Y values from.

4. Originally Posted by mr fantastic
When you put each of your (correct ) partial derivatives equal to zero you get:

x = 0 or $\displaystyle 1 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$

y = 0 or $\displaystyle 4 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$

Note that the factor $\displaystyle e^{1 - x^2 - y^2} \neq 0$ for real values of x and y.

You're quite right about $\displaystyle 1 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$ and $\displaystyle 4 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$ being simultaneously inconsistent.

But it looks like you overlooked the simple solution (0, 0) ........
The other possibilities for the partial derivatives being equal to zero are:

Case 1. x = 0 and $\displaystyle 4 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$.

Case 2. y = 0 and $\displaystyle 1 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$.

Case 1: Substitute x = 0 into $\displaystyle 4 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$ and you have $\displaystyle 4 - 4y^2 = 0$ ......

So (0, 1) and (0, -1) are critical points.

Case 2: Substitute y = 0 into $\displaystyle 1 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$ and you have .......

5. Originally Posted by mr fantastic
The other possibilities for the partial derivatives being equal to zero are:

Case 1. x = 0 and $\displaystyle 4 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$.

Case 2. y = 0 and $\displaystyle 1 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$.

Case 1: Substitute x = 0 into $\displaystyle 4 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$ and you have $\displaystyle 4 - 4y^2 = 0$ ......

So (0, 1) and (0, -1) are critical points.

Case 2: Substitute y = 0 into $\displaystyle 1 - x^2 - 4y^2 = 0$ and you have .......
Ah-ha....I see. So if I get a problem like this where a little digging must be done to find the CN's, assume x=0 for the derivative of a function with respect to x and plug x=0 into the derivative to find some of the CN's and assume y=0 for the derivative of a function with respect to y and plug in y=0 into the derivative to find the rest of the CNs? Thanks!

6. Originally Posted by emttim84
Ah-ha....I see. So if I get a problem like this where a little digging must be done to find the CN's, assume x=0 for the derivative of a function with respect to x and plug x=0 into the derivative to find some of the CN's and assume y=0 for the derivative of a function with respect to y and plug in y=0 into the derivative to find the rest of the CNs? Thanks!
$\displaystyle f_x = 0$ when x = 0, $\displaystyle f_y = 0$ when y = 0. There's no assumption .....

When $\displaystyle f_x = 0$ it's a matter of looking for when $\displaystyle f_y = 0$ .......

Ditto when $\displaystyle f_y = 0$ .....