# well defined partial derivatives everywhere in R2

• Dec 19th 2008, 09:32 PM
swraman
well defined partial derivatives everywhere in R2
What does it mean if a function has well-de ned 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
• Dec 20th 2008, 04:05 AM
mr fantastic
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Originally Posted by swraman
What does it mean if a function has well-de ned 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

Both first order differentiations of your function lead to the denominator $(x^2+y^2)^2$, as the result of the quotient rule of differentiation.
For what values of x and y does a function $\frac{g(x)}{(x^2+y^2)^2}$ become undefined?