What does it mean if a function has well-dened partial derivatives everywhere in R2?

Can the partial derivatives have a place where they are not defined?

eg.

f(x) = xy / (x^2 + y^2)

is df/dx and df/dy "well defined"?

Thanks

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- December 19th 2008, 10:32 PMswramanwell defined partial derivatives everywhere in R2
What does it mean if a function has well-dened partial derivatives everywhere in R2?

Can the partial derivatives have a place where they are not defined?

eg.

f(x) = xy / (x^2 + y^2)

is df/dx and df/dy "well defined"?

Thanks - December 20th 2008, 05:05 AMmr fantastic
Reading this might help: http://www.econ.ubc.ca/sart/320lec9.pdf

- December 20th 2008, 05:09 AMMush
Both first order differentiations of your function lead to the denominator , as the result of the quotient rule of differentiation.

For what values of x and y does a function become undefined?

Well... for all positive and negative values of x and y, the denominator is finite and positive. However... what happens for x = y = 0 ?