# Thread: show that mixed partials are equal

1. ## show that mixed partials are equal

I need help to show that if f(x,y) is a polynomial then the mixed partials f(xy) and f(yx) are equal.

2. ## Re: show that mixed partials are equal

Is the polynomial given? Is there more information? That's Schwarz's theorem for polynomials.

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The Schwartz's theorem extablishes that, given an f(x.y), if in some $(x_{0},y_{0})$ the partial derivatives $f^{''}_{xy}$ and $f^{''}_{yx}$ both exist and are continuos, then $f^{''}_{xy} (x_{0},y_{0})= f^{''}_{yx} (x_{0},y_{0})$. If f(x,y) is a polynomial, then the condition is satisfied...

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$\chi$ $\sigma$

4. ## Re: show that mixed partials are equal

the polynomial is not given and there is no more information given. I have tried to find a proof of it but I cannot seem to find one.

5. ## Re: show that mixed partials are equal

By definition a polynomial in the variables x abd y is a function that contains only sums, multiplications and powers of the variables. This type of function has partial derivatives of all order continuos, so that the Schwartz's theorem [see my previous post...] can be applied...

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$\chi$ $\sigma$

6. ## Re: show that mixed partials are equal

Originally Posted by mathrookie2012
the polynomial is not given and there is no more information given. I have tried to find a proof of it but I cannot seem to find one.
One way (without using Schwartz's Lemma): every polynomial $f(x,y)\in\mathbb{R}[x,y]$ can be written in the way

$f(x,y)=\sum_{i\geq 0,\;j\geq 0}a_{ij}x^iy^j$

where $i,j$ are integers and the coefficients $a_{ij}\in\mathbb{R}$ are finitely many non zero. Then,

$\frac{{\partial f}}{{\partial x}}=\sum_{i\geq 1,\;j\geq 0}ia_{ij}x^{i-1}y^j\;,\quad \frac{{\partial^2 f}}{{\partial x\partial y}}=\sum_{i\geq 1,\;j\geq 1}ija_{ij}{x^{i-1}y^{j-1}$

Now, find $\frac{{\partial^2 f}}{{\partial y\partial x}}$ and compare with $\frac{{\partial^2 f}}{{\partial x\partial y}}$ .

7. ## Re: show that mixed partials are equal

To be able to use the Schwartz theorem the partial derivative has to exist. How do I sshow they exist?

8. ## Re: show that mixed partials are equal

Originally Posted by mathrookie2012
To be able to use the Schwartz theorem the partial derivative has to exist. How do I sshow they exist?
With this problem, I'm afraid we'll have to reproduce the History of Mathematics.

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so has far as showing that the partials are equal, what is the best method to take?

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Show that if f(x; y) is a polynomial of x; y 2 R, then the mixed partials fxy and fyx
are equal.

This is how the problem is written

11. ## Re: show that mixed partials are equal

Originally Posted by mathrookie2012
Show that if f(x; y) is a polynomial of x; y 2 R, then the mixed partials fxy and fyx
are equal. This is how the problem is written
That is clear, but the problem is that we don't know exactly what properties are allowed to use. Depends on your syllabus. At any case we have provided you two correct, different and (I guess sufficient) methods.

12. ## Re: show that mixed partials are equal

Thanks so much for the help guys

13. ## Re: show that mixed partials are equal

How would you find second partial of y

14. ## Re: show that mixed partials are equal

Originally Posted by mathrookie2012
How would you find second partial of y