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**splash** Take home exam problem. Someone want to tell me if I'm missing something with this Lagrange multiplier problem?

Problem: Find the maximum and minimum values of f(x,y)=xy on the curve (x+2)^2 + y^2 =1

This is what I've done-

gradient of f=(y,x)

gradient of g=(2x+4,2y)

According to Lagrange: gradient f = lambda*(gradient g)

So we have the following equations.

y=lambda*(2x+4)

x=lambda*2y

(x+2)^2 + y^2 =1

That's 3 equations and 3 unknowns but I can't seem to find a solution. I feel like I'm missing something really stupid. Or my brain is hitting a wall to solve those equations. Can someone help?