# Math Help - Classifying critical points

1. ## Classifying critical points

Hello

Im trying to find all the critical points of this functions.

Could somebody please give me a hand?

Thanks Heaps

2. Hello,

$f(x,y)=x^2+x^2y+5y^2+2y^3$

$\frac{\partial f}{\partial x} (x,y)=2x+2xy=2x(1+y)$

$\frac{\partial f}{\partial y} (x,y)=x^2+10y+6y^2$

You have to solve simultaneously these equations :

$\left\{ \begin{array}{ll} 0&=2x(1+y) \\ 0&=x^2+10y+6y^2 \end{array} \right.$

from the first equation, you know that either x=0, either y=-1.
Then substitute in the second equation, for each possible value.

Then, calculate the Hessian matrix, and here, I don't know how much you've learnt :/

3. ## Confused?

Hey

sorry to bother you, but i solved the two equations simultaneously and now im not exactly sure what i need to do? Could you show your working so i can get a clear and definite way to solve this type of problem.

Thank you