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Find the points on \(x^2+xy+y^2=3\) which are closest and farthest from \((0,0)\)
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Find the points on \(x^2+xy+y^2=3\) which are closest and farthest from \((0,0)\)
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AccessDeniedBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
Hmm... What sort of class are you doing this problem for?
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richywBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
refresher course in calculus.
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richywBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
this is a multivariable optimization problem.
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AccessDeniedBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
Ah. I had a feeling it was calc. ;P I was thinking of maybe using rotation of axes and trying to use conic section properties. I'm not as familiar with the multivar calc methods I saw before.
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richywBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Would you be able to do it without calc? Any method that get's the answer is fine by me haha.
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AccessDeniedBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
It's been a while since I did rotation of axes, but what it basically does is removes the obnoxious 'xy' term by using more obnoxious trig. With any luck though, we could possibly get a nice conic section like an ellipse, where we can identify the major and minor axes for those maximum/minimum distances
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This PDF has some pretty sweet pictures and explanation, I thought it was really helpful: http://www.stewartcalculus.com/data/CALCULUS%20Early%20Vectors/upfiles/RotationofAxes.pdf
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cruffoBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I have a suggestion that may not require much more than calc 1...
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We want to maximize and minimize the distance between the curve and the point. \[\large \text{Distance}^2 = (x0)^2 + (y0)^2 = x^2 + y^2\] problem is that the curve is not easily solved for y. But If you use quadratic formula and solve for y thus, \[\large y^2 +xy + (x^2 3) = 0\] you may have some luck..
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richywBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
hmm. that could work. but will keep bumping for a calc answer! Thanks for all your help though.
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Alright, I got my method to work out, although it is quite long and tedious. lol  w = r cos t z = r sin t x = r cos(t + p) y = r sin(t + p) x = r cos t cos p  r sin t sin p y = r sin t cos p + r cos t sin p x = w cos p  z sin p y = z cos p + w sin p (w cos p  z sin p)^2 + (w cos p  z sin p)(z cos p + w sin p) + (z cos p + w sin p)^2 = 3 w^2 cos^2 p  2 wz sin p cos p + z^2 sin^2 p + wz cos^2 p + w^2 sin p cos p  z^2 sin p cos p  wz sin^2 p + z^2 cos^2 p + 2 wz cos p sin p + w^2 sin^2 p = 3 w^2 (cos^2 p + sin p cos p + sin^2 p) + wz(2sin p cos p + cos^2 p  sin^2 p + 2sin p cos p) + z^2 (sin^2 p  sin p cos p + cos^2 p) = 3 w^2 (1 + sin p cos p) + wz(cos^2 p  sin^2 p) + z^2(1  sin p cos p) = 3 w^2 (1 + sin p cos p) + wz cos(2p) + z^2 (1  sin p cos p) = 3 w^2 (1 + 1/2 sin(2p)) + wz cos(2p) + z^2 (1  1/2 sin(2p)) = 3 cos(2p) = 0 2p = pi/2 p = pi/4 w^2 (1 + 1/2 sin 2(pi/4)) + wz cos(2 pi/4) + z^2 (1  1/2 sin(2 pi/4)) = 3 w^2 (1 + 1/2) + 0wz + z^2(1  1/2) = 3 3/2 w^2 + 1/2 z^2 = 3 1/2 w^2 + 1/6 z^2 = 1 Our rotation of axes doesn't affect (0, 0)'s position, so we can ignore messing with it. sqrt(2) is 1/2 the length of our minor axis, and it is along the xaxis. (+ sqrt(2), 0) are our minor vertices. sqrt(6) is 1/2 the length of our major axis, and it is along the yaxis. (0, + sqrt(6) are our major vertices. So, the last thing to do now is convert back to the original system. (w, z) = (sqrt(2), 0) x = sqrt(2) cos(pi/4)  0 sin(pi/4) y = 0 cos(pi/4) + sqrt(2) sin (pi/4) x = sqrt(2)* sqrt(2)/2 = 1 y = sqrt(2) sqrt(2)/2 = 1 (1, 1) is the minimum point, along with (1, 1). (w, z) = (0, sqrt(6)) x = 0 cos(pi/4)  sqrt(6) sin(pi/4) y = sqrt(6) cos(pi/4) + 0 sin(pi/4) x = sqrt(6) * sqrt(2)/2 = sqrt(3) y = sqrt(6) * sqrt(2)/2 = sqrt(3) (sqrt(3), sqrt(3)), and (sqrt(3), sqrt(3)) Conclusion: Points closest to (0, 0): (1, 1) and (1, 1). Points farthest from (0, 0): (sqrt(3), sqrt(3)) and (sqrt(3), sqrt(3)). 
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cruffoBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Got the same thing using the same method :)
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richywBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
holy! thanks for putting in that effort. I really appreciate it.
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I looked into a method of solving this using Lagrange Multipliers. I'm no expert with this multivariable calc, but here's my attempt: Let \(D = d^2 = x^2 + y^2\) be the equation we are trying to optimize, and our constraint is \(x^2 + xy + y^2 = 3\). In general, this Lagrange Multiplier stuff says that: \(\nabla f(x,y) = \lambda \nabla g(x,y) \) We can then break this up into individual partial derivatives in each variable. \( f_x(x,y) = \lambda g_x(x,y) \), and \( f_y(x,y) = \lambda g_y(x,y) \). Pairing this up with our constraint, we have a threevariable system of equations: \( f_x(x,y) = \lambda g_x(x,y) \), \( f_y(x,y) = \lambda g_y(x,y) \), \( g(x,y) = k \) Now, we'll go back to our problem and we'll apply this information. \(f(x,y) = D\), \(g(x,y) = x^2 + xy + y^2\), and \(k = 3\). \(D_x = \lambda g_x\), \(D_y = \lambda g_y\) \(g = k\) \(2x = \lambda \left(2x + y\right)\) \(2y = \lambda \left(2y + x\right) \) \( x^2 + xy + y^2 = 3 \) From what I can see, solving this system gives you the answers. I suppose there are some checks that should be carried out to verify that your answers are correct from there. http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=solve+system+%7B2x%3Dz%282x%2By%29%2C+2y%3Dz%282y%2Bx%29%2C+x%5E2%2Bxy%2By%5E2%3D3%7D
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