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Section 3: Partial Derivatives
Section 3: Partial Derivatives
Instructions
First, you should watch the concepts videos below explaining the topics in the section.
Second, you should attempt to solve the exercises and then watch the videos explaining the exercises.
Last, you should attempt to answer the self-assessment questions to determine how well you learned the material.
When you have finished the material below, you can start on the
next section
or return to the
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Concepts
The definition the partial derivative of \(f(x,y)\) with respect to \(x\) and \(y\)
The geometric interpretation of the partial derivative
Higher order partial derivatives and Clairaut’s Theorem
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Partial Derivatives Conceptual V1.2
Exercises
Directions:
You should attempt to solve the problems first and then watch the video to see the solution.
If \(f(x,y)=4-x^2-2y^2\), find \(f_x(1,1)\) and \(f_y(1,1)\) and interpret them as slopes.
Reveal Answer
\( f_x(1,1)=-2\)
\(f_y(1,1)=-4\)
See the video for the interpretation.
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Partial Derivatives Exercise V1
If \(f(x,y)=y\sin(-x)+2y\), find \(\left . \dfrac{\partial f}{\partial x}\right|_{(\pi,0)}\) and
\(\left . \dfrac{\partial f}{\partial y}\right|_{(\pi,0)}.\)
Reveal Answer
\(\left . \dfrac{\partial f}{\partial x}\right|_{(\pi,0)}=0\)
\(\left . \dfrac{\partial f}{\partial y}\right|_{(\pi,0)}=2\)
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Partial Derivatives Exercise V2
Find \(f_y(x,y)\) if \(f(x,y)=e^{\tan(xy^3)}.\)
Reveal Answer
\(f_y(x,y)=\sec^2\left(xy^3\right)\left(3xy^2\right)e^{\tan\left(xy^3\right)}\)
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Partial Derivatives Exercise V3
Find all higher order partial derivatives of \(f(x,y)=xe^y+y^2e^{6x}.\)
Reveal Answer
\(f_{xx}(x,y)=36y^2e^{6x}\)
\(f_{xy}(x,y)=e^y+12ye^{6x}\)
\(f_{yy}(x,y)=xe^y+2e^{6x}\)
\(f_{yx}(x,y)=e^y+12ye^{6x}\)
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Partial Derivatives Exercise V4
Self-Assessment Questions
Directions:
The following questions are an assessment of your understanding of the material above. If you are not sure of the answers, you may need to rewatch the videos.
What is the difference between the partial derivative of \(z=f(x,y)\) with respect to \(x\) and then with respect to \(y\)?
Give an example where you must use the product rule to find \(f_x(x,y)\).
Sketch a graph of a surface that illustrates the geometric interpretation of \(f_x(1, 1)\) and \(f_y(1, 1)\).
Is it always true that \(f_{xy}(x,y)=f_{yx}(x,y)\)?
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