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    Directional derivatives

    Find a vector u for which Duf(1,1) =0

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    Quote Originally Posted by al1850 View Post
    Find a vector u for which Duf(1,1) =0

    Thank you.

    You ned to find a unit vector such that {\rm{u}}.[(\nabla f (1,1)]=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainBlack View Post
    You ned to find a unit vector such that {\rm{u}}.[(\nabla f (1,1)]=0

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    well first for the definition of directional derivative:

    directional derivative of a scalar function, f=f(x,y) in the direction of a unit vector, \overrightarrow{u}=(u_1 , u_2) at a point (x_0,y_0) is given by:
    D \overrightarrow {u} f(x_0,y_0) = \bigtriangledown f(x_0 , y_0) \cdot \overrightarrow {u} =  u_1 \frac {\partial f}{\partial x} + u_2\frac {\partial f}{\partial y} <br />

    in your question:
    <br />
f(x,y) = \frac{1}{x^2+y^2+1}<br />
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\bigtriangledown f(x , y) = \frac {\partial f}{\partial x} +\frac {\partial f}{\partial y}<br />
    <br />
= -\frac{2x}{(x^2+y^2+1)^2}\overrightarrow{i}-\frac{2y}{(x^2+y^2+1)^2}\overrightarrow{j}<br />

    at f(1,1):
    <br />
= -\frac{2}{(1^2+1^2+1)^2}\overrightarrow{i}-\frac{2}{(1^2+1^2+1)^2}\overrightarrow{j}<br />
    <br />
= -\frac{2}{9}\overrightarrow{i}--\frac{2}{9}\overrightarrow{j}<br />

    therefore from;
    <br />
D \overrightarrow {u} f(x,y) <br />

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D \overrightarrow {u} f(1,1) <br />
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= (-\frac{2}{9}\overrightarrow{i}-\frac{2}{9}\overrightarrow{j})\cdot (\overrightarrow{u}) = 0<br />
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= (-\frac{2}{9}\overrightarrow{i}-\frac{2}{9}\overrightarrow{j})\cdot (u_1\overrightarrow{i}+u_2\overrightarrow{j}) = 0<br />

    <br />
-\frac{2}{9}u_1-\frac{2}{9} u_2 = 0<br />

    now to obtain a zero u_1 and u_2 must be equal in magnitude but opposite in sign:
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\overrightarrow{u} = (n,-n)<br />

    n can take any value.

    Unit vector of \overrightarrow{u}
    = \frac{\overrightarrow{u}}{|\overrightarrow{u}|}
    = \frac{u_1 \overrightarrow{i}+u_2\overrightarrow{j}}{|\sqrt{{  u_1}^2+{u_2}^2}|}
    = \frac{u_1 \overrightarrow{i}+u_2\overrightarrow{j}}{|\sqrt{n  ^2+(-n)^2}|}
    = \frac{n \overrightarrow{i}-n\overrightarrow{j}}{|\sqrt{2}n|}
    = \frac{n }{|\sqrt{2}n|}\overrightarrow{i}-\frac{n }{|\sqrt{2}n|}\overrightarrow{j}
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