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# Analyzing a Function In Exercises 25-30, find the critical points, relative extrema, and saddle points of the function. List the critical points for which the Second-Partials Test fails. f ( x , y ) = x 2 / 3 + y 2 / 3

To determine

To calculate: The critical points, relative extrema and saddle points of the function f(x,y)=x2/3+y2/3. Also determine the critical points for which the second partials test fails.

Explanation

Given Information:

The provided function is f(x,y)=x2/3+y2/3.

Formula used:

Second partial test to determine relative extrema.

If the function f have continuous second partial derivative in the open region (a,b) for which fx(a,b)=0 and fy(a,b)=0.

Steps to test relative extrema of the function f,

Consider the quantity, d=fxx(a,b)fyy(a,b)[fxy(a,b)]2

1. The function f contains a relative minimum at (a,b) if the quantity d>0 and fxx(a,b)>0.

2. The function f contains a relative maximum at (a,b) if the quantity d>0 and fxx(a,b)<0.

3. The point (a,b,f(a,b)) is a saddle point if the quantity d<0.

4. If the quantity d=0 then the test gives no information.

In any case, if d>0 then fxx(a,b) and fyy(a,b) must contain same sign. The derivative fxx(a,b) can be replaced by the derivative fyy(a,b) in the first two steps.

Calculation:

Consider the function,

f(x,y)=x2/3+y2/3

The first partial derivatives of the function f are,

fx(x,y)=23x1/3fy(x,y)=23y1/3

Both partial derivatives fx(x,y)=23x1/3 and fy(x,y)=23y1/3 are undefined at point (0,0)

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