Chapter 14.5, Problem 15E

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Textbook Problem

** Utility** Suppose that the utility function for two com modifies is given by

To determine

**To calculate:** The values of *x* and *y* which maximize the utility function for two commodities is

Explanation

**Given Information:**

The provided utility function is

**Formula used:**

Lagrange Multipliers Method:

According to the Lagrange multipliers method to obtain maxima or minima for a function

Step 1: Find the critical values of

Step 2: The critical points of

Step 3: The critical points of

For a function *y* is calculated by taking the derivative of *y* and keeping the other variable *x* constant. The partial derivative of *y* is denoted by

Power of

Constant function rule for a constant

Coefficient rule for a constant

**Calculation:**

Consider the function,

The provided constraint is

According to the Lagrange multipliers method,

The objective function is

Here,

Substitute

Since, the critical points of

Recall that, for a function *y* is calculated by taking the derivative of *y* and keeping the other variable *x* constant

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