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Using Lagrange Multipliers In Exercises 1–12, use Lagrange multipliers to find the indicated extremum. Assume that x and y are positive. See Example 1.

Minimize f ( x , y ) = x 2 y 2 Constraint : x 2 y + 6 = 0

To determine

To calculate: The minimum value of the function f(x,y)=x2y2 subject to the constraint x2y+6=0 by the use of Lagrange multipliers.

Explanation

Given Information:

The provided function is f(x,y)=x2y2 subject to the constraint x2y+6=0. Consider that the variables x and y are positive.

Formula used:

Method of Lagrange multipliers,

If the function f(x,y) contains a maximum or minimum subject to the constraint g(x,y)=0 then the maximum or minimum can occur at one of the critical numbers of the function F is,

F(x,y,λ)=f(x,y)λg(x,y) where, λ is a Lagrange multiplier.

Steps to determine the minimum or maximum of the function f.

1. Solve the system of equations,

Fx(x,y,λ)=0Fy(x,y,λ)=0Fλ(x,y,λ)=0

2. Determine the value of the function f at each solution obtained from the step 1.

The largest value gives the maximum value of function f subject to the constraint g(x,y)=0 and the lowest value gives the minimum value of function f subject to the constraint g(x,y)=0.

Calculation:

Consider the function,

f(x,y)=x2y2

The provided constraint is x2y+6=0.

So, g(x,y)=x2y+6

Now, the new function F is,

F(x,y,λ)=x2y2λ(x2y+6)

Find the partial derivative of function F to determine the critical number for F.

The partial derivatives of F with respect to x and then set it to zero.

Fx(x,y,λ)=x[x2y2λ(x2y+6)]0=2xλλ=2x

The partial derivatives of F with respect to y and then set it to zero

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