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1 Partial Derivatives Partial Derivatives Just as derivatives can be used to eplore the properties of functions of 1 variable, so also derivatives can be used to eplore functions of 2 variables. In this section, we begin that eploration by introducing the concept of a partial derivative of a function of 2 variables. In particular, we de ne the partial derivative of f (; y) with respect to to be f ( + h; y) f (; y) f (; y) = lim h!0 h when the limit eists. That is, we compute the derivative of f (; y) as if is the variable and all other variables are held constant. To facilitate the computation of partial derivatives, we de ne the = The partial derivative with respect Alternatively, other notations for the partial derivative of f with respect to are f (; @ f (; y) f (; y) EXAMPLE 1 Evaluate f when f (; y) = 2 y + y 2 : Solution: To do so, we write f (; 2 y + y 2 y2 and then we evaluate the derivative as if y is a constant. In particular, f (; y) y2 = y That is, y factors to the front since it is considered constant with respect to : Likewise, y 2 is considered constant with respect to ; so that its derivative with respect to is 0. Thus, f (; y) = 2y: Likewise, the partial derivative of f (; y) with respect to y is de ned f y (; y) = lim h!0 f (; y + h) f (; y) h 1

2 when the limit eists. That is, we evaluate f y as if y is varying and all other quantities are constant. Moreover, we also de ne the = The partial derivative with respect to and we often use other notations for f y (; y): f y (; @y f (; y) y f (; y) EXAMPLE 2 Find f and f y when f (; y) = y sin (y) Solution: To nd f ; we use the chain rule f sin (y) = y y = y2 cos (y) However, to nd f y ; we begin with the product rule: f @y [y sin (y)] y sin (y) + sin We then use the chain rule to y sin (y): f y = sin (y) + y (y) = sin (y) + y cos (y) If y = q for some constant q; then f (; q) is a function of ; and f (; q) is the slope of the tangent line to the curve z = f (; q) in the y = q plane. Similarly, f y (p; y) for p constant is the slope of a tangent line to the curve z = f (p; y) in 2

3 the = p plane. That is, f (; y) is the slope of a tangent line to z = f (; y) parallel to the z-plane, while f y (; y) is the slope of a tangent line to z = f (; y) in the yz-plane, an idea we will eplore more fully in a later section. blueexample 3 blackfind f and f y when f (; y) = tan 1 y Solution: To nd f ; we begin with the chain rule tan 1 (input) = (input) 2 + (input) where the input is y=: Writing the input as 1 y and substituting then yields f = ( 1 y) y 2 y = 2 y

4 To simplify this epression, we multiply the numerator and denominator by 2 : f = 2 2 y 2 ( 2 y 2 + 1) = 2 2 y 2 2 y = To nd f y ; we again begin with the chain rule, y y f tan 1 (input) = (input) 2 + (input) where the input is y=. The result is that y 1 f y = 2 = (y) y which simpli es to 1 f y = = y y y = 2 + y 2 Check your Reading: What happend to the epression 2 2 in eample 3? Interpretations of the Partial Derivative Analogous to a function of 2 variables, we de ne a function of 3 variables is a mapping that assigns one and only one real number to each point in a subset of 3 dimensional space. It follows that a function of three variables is of the form F (; y; z) = \epression in ; y; and z Partial derivatives of functions of 3 variables are de ned analogously to partial derivatives of functions of two variables (see the eercises). Thus, to di erentiate a function of 3 variables F (; y; z) with respect to ; we di erentiate as if y and z are constants. The partial derivatives F y and F z are de ned similarly, and correspondingly, to calculate F y and F z, we di erentiate with respect to y and z; respectively. EXAMPLE 4 Find the rst partial derivatives of F (; y; z) = 3 + 3yz + z 2 : 4

5 Solution: To compute f ; we treat y and z as if they were constant: yz + z 3 = z2 Likewise, F y follows from treating and z like constants, F yz + z 2 = 0 + 3z + 0 = 3z and F z follows from treating and y like constants. F yz + z 2 = 3y + 2z In many applications, functions of three variables occur in the form u (; y; t) ; where t is a measure of time. In such eamples, the de nition of the partial derivative u t implies that it is the rate of change of u (; y; t) with respect to t: Indeed, partial derivatives often occur in applications as a rate of change of a given output with respect to only one of several inputs. EXAMPLE 5 A rectangular sheet of metal with a length of feet and a width of 1 foot has its left section placed in an oven and its rightmost etent placed in liquid nitrogen. Upon being removed from the oven and nitrogen, its temperature u in F at time t in seconds and at a point (; y) on the sheet is given by u (; y; t) = e 0:2t cos () cosh (y) How fast is the temperature of the sheet changing with respect to time at the point (0; 0)? At the point (; 0)? How do the rates compare? 5

6 Solution: The rate of change of u with respect to t is @t e 0:2t cos () cosh (y) = 60e 0:2t cos () cosh (y) Thus, at (0; 0) ; the time rate of change of (0; 0; t) = 60e 0:2t cos (0) cosh (0) = 60e 0:2t F per sec while at (; 0) ; the time rate of change of temperature (; 0; t) 60e 0:2t cos () cosh (0) = 60e 0:2t F per sec This means that the temperature increases to 75 F over time at the point (; 0) ; while it decreases down to 75 F at (0; 0) : Note: this ts well with the fact that the temperature initially at (0; 0) is 375 F; while the tmperature initially at (; 0) is 225 F: Check your Reading: After a long period of time, what will be the approimate temperature of the metal sheet at every point on the sheet? Second Derivatives The second partial derivative of f with respect to is denoted f and is de ned f (; f (; y) That is, f is the derivative of the rst partial derivative f : Likewise, the second partial derivative of f with respect to y is denoted f yy and is de ned f yy (; f y (; y) Finally, the mied partial derivatives are denoted f y and f y, respectively, and are de ned f y (; f (; y) and f f y (; y) Collectively, f ; f yy ; f y, and f y are known as the second partial derivatives of f (; y). Moreover, we sometimes denote the second partial derivatives in the form f 2 ; f y f ; f yy 2 ; f y f 6

7 EXAMPLE 6 Find the second partial derivatives of f (; y) = y 2 Solution: The rst partial derivatives are f = y 2 and f y = 6 2 y: As a result, we have f (; f (; y 2 = 6 + 6y 2 f yy (; f y (; 62 y = 6 2 f y (; f (; y 2 = 12y f y (; f y (; 62 y = 12y Notice that the mied partial derivatives are the same. Indeed, the mied partials are always the same for nice functions, as is stated below in Clairaut s theorem. Clairaut s Theorem: If f is de ned on a neighborhood of (p; q) and if f y and f y are continuous on that neighborhood, then f y (p; q) = f y (p; q) There are functions that do not satisfy the hypotheses of theorem 3.1 for which the mied partials are not the same at some point (see eercise 46). However, our focus will be on functions with continuous second partial derivatives, in which case the mied partials are the same (a proof of Clairaut s theorem is given in chapter 4). EXAMPLE 7 Find f y and f y for f (; y) = sin (y) Solution: The rst partial derivatives are f = sin (y) + y cos (y) and f y = 2 cos (y) The product rule thus implies that f 2 cos (y) = 2 cos (y) 2 y sin (y) 7

8 Now let s compute f y (and thus con rm theorem 3.1): f y (sin (y) + y cos = cos (y) + cos (y) + y y = 2 cos (y) 2 y sin (y) Check your Reading: If f (; y; z) is in nitely di erentiable in each variable, then is f z = f z? Higher Derivatives Higher partial derivatives are de ned similarly. For eample, the third derivative of f with respect to is the partial derivative with respect to of the second derivative f : That is, Similarly, f y is de ned f (; f (; y) f y (; f (; y) In operator notation, the partial derivative of f for m times with respect to and n times with respect to y is denoted m+n n The m+n partial derivatives of f (; y) are then de ned in terms of the previous partial derivatives m+n @ m+n @ m n 1 when f (; y) and its partial derivatives are continuous on a region through the m + n order. 8

9 EXAMPLE 8 Find f yy if f (; y) = 4 y 4 : Solution: It is easy to show that f = 12 2 y 4 : Thus, f y 4 = 48 2 y 3 and similarly, f f 482 y 3 = y 2 Moreover, we usually assume that f is su ciently smooth at all points where partial derivatives are de ned so that mied partials are independent of the order of di erentiation. Indeed, notice that if f (; y) = 4 y 4 ; then f f 163 y 3 = 48 2 y 3 which is the same as f y in eample 8. In addition, f yy = y 2 = f yy : Eercises Find f (; y) and f y (; y) for each of the following: 1. f (; y) = 2 + y 3 2. f (; y) = 2 + 2y + y 3 3. f (; y) = ( + 2y) 2 4. f (; y) = 2 + 2y 2 5. f (; y) = sin (y) 6. f (; y) = e ln y f (; y) = ep 2 y 2 8. f (; y) = tan 1 (y) 9. f (; y) = cos (y) 10. f (; y) = sin (y) 11. f (; y) = y 12. f (; y) = y 13. f (; y) = 2 +y f (; y) = R y sin t2 dt Find f ; f y ; f y ; and f yy partials are the same. for each of the following. Then show that the mied 15. f (; y) = 2 + y f (; y) = 2 + 2y + y f (; y) = ( + 2y) f (; y) = 2 + 2y f (; y) = sin (y) 20. f (; y) = e ln y f (; y) = cos (y) 22. f (; y) = tan 1 (y) 23. f (; y) = y 24. f (; y) = y 9

10 Find the indicated derivative of the given function: 25. f y for f (; y) = 2 + y f y for f (; y) = 2 + 2y + y f y for f (; y) = ( + 2y) f yy for f (; y) = 2 + 2y f yy for f (; y) = sin (y) 30. f y for f (; y) = e ln y f y for f (; y) = y cos (y) 32. f yy for f (; y) = sin () tan (y) 33. A vibrating string has a displacement y = u (; t) in cm at a distance in cm from one end and at time t in seconds, where u (; t) = 2 sin (120 ( t)) How fast (in units of cm per sec) is the string vibrating at a horizontal distance = 1:2 cm from one end at time t = 2 seconds? At time t = 3 seconds? 34. Suppose that a string is attached at its endpoints = 0 and = l; for some number l: Suppose also that y = u (; t) models the displacement at in [0; l] of the string at time t; where u (; t) = A cos (at) sin l with A and a constant. 1. (a) Show that u (0; t) = u (l; t) = 0 for all t: How does this relate to u (; t) being a model of a string? (b) What is the rate of change of u (; t) at = l=2 at any given time? 35. The function u (; t) = e t sin 2 () + 32 models the temperature in F of a 1 foot long thin rod in which both ends are held at the freezing point at all times t. How fast is the temperature decreasing at the midpoint of the rod when t = 0? When t = 1? When t = 2? 36. The function u (; y; t) = 2 sin (3) sin (4y) cos (5t) models the displacement u in cm of a vibrating rectangular membrane at time t in seconds and at 10

11 a point (; y) on the membrane. How fast is the displacement of the membrane above the point (1; 1) changing with respect to time at t = 1 seconds? 37. It can be shown that an ideal gas with ed mass has an absolute temperature R; a pressure P; and a volume V that satis es T = kp V where k is a constant. How fast does the temperature T change with respect to the volume V? 38. The total resistance R produced by two resistors with resistances R 1 and R 2 ; respectively, satis es R = R 1R 2 R 1 + R 2 What is the rate of change of the total resistance R with respect to the resistance R 1? 39. If two planets with masses M and m are located at the points (; y; z) and (0; 0; 0) ; respectively, then the potential energy of their mutual gravitational attraction is given by Mm (; y; z) = Gp 2 + y 2 + z 2 where G is the universal gravitational constant. At what rate is the potential energy changing with respect to? With respect to y? 40. A Cobb-Douglas production function is a function of the form P = bl K where b; ; and are constants. What is the rate of change of P with respect to L? With respect to P? 41. Suppose we consider f (; y) = 2 + y 2 : 1. (a) What is the slope of z = f (; y) for (p; q) = (1; 2) in the -direction? in the y-direction? (b) What curve is formed by the intersection of the plane y = 2 the surface z = 2 + y 2? How does it relate to f (1; 2)? (c) What curve is formed by the intersection of the plane = 1 the surface z = 2 + y 2? How does it relate to f y (1; 2)? 42. Suppose we consider f (; y) = 2 + y: with with 1. (a) What is the slope of z = f (; y) for (p; q) = (1; 2) in the -direction? in the y-direction? (b) What curve is formed by the intersection of the plane y = 2 the surface z = 2 + y 2? How does it relate to f (1; 2)? (c) What curve is formed by the intersection of the plane = 1 the surface z = 2 + y 2? How does it relate to f y (1; 2)? with with 11

12 43. If f (; y) = g () + h (y) ; then what is f _ and f y? What is the equation in and z of the curve formed by the intersection of z = f (; y) with the vertical plane y = q? with the vertical plane = p? How are these curves related to f (p; q) and f y (p; q) ; respectively? 44. If f (; y) = g () + h (y) ; then what is f _ and f y? What is the equation in and z of the curve formed by the intersection of z = f (; y) with the vertical plane y = q? with the vertical plane = p? How are these curves related to f (p; q) and f y (p; q) ; respectively? 45. If f and f y both eist, how can the limit f ( + h; y) f (; y + h) lim h!0 h be epressed in terms of the 1st partial derivatives of f? 46. Write to Learn: Write a short essay in which you use the following steps to show that ( 2 y y 2 f (; y) = +y if (; y) 6= (0; 0) 0 if (; y) = (0; 0) is continuous at (0; 0) ; that f (; y) and f y (; y) are continuous at (0; 0) ; but that f y (0; 0) 6= f y (0; 0) 1. (a) Show that if (; y) 6= (0; 0) ; then and correspondingly f (; y) = lim f (; y) = lim (;y)!(0;0) (b) Show that if (; y) 6= (0; 0) ; then y y (;y)!(0;0) f (; y) = y 2 + 2y ( + y) 2 and eplain why that as a result, we have lim f (; y) = 0 (;y)!(0;0) (c) De ne f (0; 0) = 0 and then evaluate y y y 2 = 0 f y (0; 0) = lim h!0 f (0; 0 + h) f (0; 0) h (d) Repeat (b) and (c) beginning with the fact that f y (; y) = 2 2y y 2 ( + y) 2 The outcome should be that f y (0; 0) is not the same as f y (0; 0) : 12

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