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```Consider minimizing and/or
For example, consider minimizing and
maximizing a function z = f(x,y) maximizing the function z = x2 – y2
subject to a constraint g(x,y) = c. subject to the constraint x2 + y2 = 1.
z
z = f(x,y)
y
x
Parametrize the curve defined Parametrize x2 + y2 = 1
by g(x,y) = c as c(t) = (x(t),y(t)) as c(t) = (cos t , sin t)
 g(c(t)) = c .
 cos2t + sin2t = 1.
d
d
d
d
—g(c(t)) = — c
—(cos2t + sin2t) = — 1
dt
dt
dt
dt
g(c(t)) • c  (t) = 0
Parametrize the curve defined
by g(x,y) = c as c(t) = (x(t),y(t))
 g(c(t)).= c .
d
d
—g(c(t)) = — c
dt
dt
g(c(t)) • c  (t) = 0
Maximizing/Minimizing f(x,y)
subject to g(x,y) = c is the same
as maximizing/minimizing f(c(t)).
Consequently,
d
—f(c(t)) = 0
dt
Parametrize x2 + y2 = 1
as c(t) = (cos t , sin t)
 cos2t + sin2t = 1.
d
d
2
2
—(cos t + sin t) = — 1
dt
dt
– sin t
2x 2y
=0
cos t
Maximizing/Minimizing f(x,y) =
x2 – y2 subject to x2 + y2 = 1 is the
same as maximizing/minimizing
cos2t – sin2t .
d
—(cos2t – sin2t) = 0
dt
f (c(t)) • c  (t) = 0
Observe that both f (c(t)) and g(c(t)) must be orthogonal to c  (t).
If both f (c(t)) and g(c(t))
must be orthogonal to c  (t), then
f (c(t)) and g(c(t)) must be
c  (t0)
multiples of each other, that is, for
x
any point c(t0) = (x0 , y0) at which
f and g are both orthogonal to
c  (t), we must have f(x0 , y0) =
g(x0 , y0), assuming neither
y
This motivates the Method of Lagrange Multipliers (stated in its most
general form in Theorem 8 on page 226). To maximize/minimize f(x,y)
subject to g(x,y) = c,
(1) Set up the system of equations f(x,y) = g(x,y) and g(x,y) = c.
(2) Let  = 0 to find critical points of the function f(x,y), but eliminate
these points from consideration if they do not satisfy g(x,y) = c.
(3) Assume   0, solve for (x,y), and substitute each candidate for an
extremum into f to find the desired maximum/minimum values for f.
Find the extreme values of z = x2 – y2 along the circle of radius 1
centered at the origin in the xy plane.
With f(x,y) = x2 – y2 and g(x,y) = x2 + y2 , we have
f(x,y) = [ 2x – 2y ]
g(x,y) = [ 2x 2y ]
Setting f(x,y) = g(x,y) and including the constraint equation, we have
2x = 2x
– 2y = 2y
x2
+
y2
=1
 = 0 implies x = y = 0, which is not possible, since
the third equation is not satisfied.
  0 implies either x or y must be zero, since we
cannot have both  = 1 and  = –1.
If x = 0, then from the third equation y = 1 or y = –1.
If y = 0, then from the third equation x = 1 or x = –1.
Candidates for extrema are (0,1), (0,–1), (1,0), (–1,0).
f(0,1) = f(0,–1) = –1 is the minimum value of the function on the circle.
f(1,0) = f(–1,0) = 1 is the maximum value of the function on the circle.
Find the extreme values of f(x,y) = x2 + y2 along the line y = x + 1, that
is, the line y – x = 1.
With f(x,y) = x2 + y2 and g(x,y) = y – x , we have
f(x,y) = [ 2x 2y ]
g(x,y) = [ –1 1 ]
Setting f(x,y) = g(x,y) and including the constraint equation, we have
2x = –
2y = 
y–x =1
 = 0 implies x = y = 0, which is not possible,
since the third equation is not satisfied.
  0 implies x = –y. From the third equation,
x = –1/2 and y = 1/2.
The only candidate for an extremum is (–1/2 , 1/2).
Since f(x,y) goes to infinity as either x or y goes to negative or positive
infinity, then there can be no global maximum; therefore, the single
candidate for an extremum f(–1/2 , 1/2) = 1/2 is the minimum value of
the function on the line.
Find the extreme values of f(x,y) = x2 + y2 along the line y = x + 1, that
is y – x = 1.
Note how we could have solved this problem using substitution. Since
f(x,y) = x2 + y2 and y = x + 1, then we may write
f(x,y) = x2 + y2 = x2 + (x + 1)2 = 2x2 + 2x + 1 = h(x).
Setting h  (x) = 4x + 2 = 0, we find that x = –1/2 is a critical point. We
then find that this critical point is a local minimum, since, h   (x) = 4 &gt; 0.
To use Lagrange multipliers to find the absolute maximum and minimum
for a function f(x,y) over a region:
(1) Use Lagrange multipliers to find candidates for extrema on the
boundary of the region.
(2) Add to the candidates for extrema all critical points of the function
that lie in the region, and substitute each candidate into f .
Find the absolute maximum and minimum of f(x,y) = xy on the unit disc,
i.e., where x2 + y2  1.
With f(x,y) = xy and g(x,y) = x2 + y2, we have
f(x,y) = [ y x ]
g(x,y) = [ 2x 2y ]
First, we find all critical points of f(x,y) located in the unit disk, by
solving fx = fy = 0. The only critical point is (0,0).
Next, we locate the candidates for extrema on the boundary of the unit
disk, that is, on the unit circle of radius 1.
Setting f(x,y) = g(x,y) and including the constraint equation, we have
y = 2x
x = 2y
 = 0 implies x = y = 0, which again gives us the
critical point (0,0).
  0 implies x and y must either both be zero or both
be non-zero with x2 = y2. From the third equation,
x = 1/2 or x = –1/2.
Candidates for extrema are
x2 + y2 = 1
Candidates for extrema are
(0,0) (1/2 , 1/2) (–1/2 , 1/2) (1/2 , –1/2) (–1/2 , –1/2) .
f(0,0) = 0
f(1/2 , 1/2) = 1/2
f(–1/2 , 1/2) = –1/2
f(1/2 , –1/2) = –1/2
f(–1/2 , –1/2) = 1/2
The absolute maximum of f is 1/2 and occurs at
(1/2 , 1/2) and (–1/2 , –1/2) .
The absolute minimum of f is –1/2 and occurs at
(–1/2 , 1/2) and (1/2 , –1/2)
Note: from the second derivative test, we find that (0,0) is a saddle point.
Find the absolute maximum and minimum of
f(x,y) = (x2 + y2)/2 on the elliptical region defined by x2/2 + y2  1.
With f(x,y) = (x2 + y2)/2 and g(x,y) = x2/2 + y2, we have
f(x,y) = [ x y ]
g(x,y) = [ x 2y ]
First, we find all critical points of f(x,y) located in the elliptical region, by
solving fx = fy = 0. The only critical point is (0,0).
Next, we locate the candidates for extrema on the boundary of the
elliptical region.
Setting f(x,y) = g(x,y) and including the constraint equation, we have
x = x
y = 2y
x2/2
+
y2
=1
 = 0 implies x = y = 0, which again gives us the
critical point (0,0).
  0 implies x and y cannot both be non-zero, since
we cannot have both  = 1 and  = 1/2.
x = x
If x = 0, then from the third equation, y = 1 or y = –1;
y = 2y
if y = 0, then from the third equation, x = 2 or x = –2.
x2/2 + y2 = 1
Candidates for extrema are
(0,0) (0, 1)
f(0,0) = 0
f(0, 1) = 1/2
f(2 , 0) = 1
f(–2 , 0) = 1
(0, –1)
(2 , 0)
(–2 , 0) .
f(0, –1) = 1/2
The absolute maximum of f is 1 and occurs at (2 , 0) and (–2 , 0) .
The absolute minimum of f is 0 and occurs at (0,0) .
Using Lagrange multipliers to find the absolute maximum and minimum
for a function of more than two variables over a region is a natural
generalization of the method with a function of two variables.
Find the absolute maximum and minimum of
f(x,y,z) = xy + z2 subject to the constraint that x2 + y2 + z2 = 1.
With f(x,y,z) = xy + z2 and g(x,y,z) = x2 + y2 + z2 , we have
f(x,y,z) = [ y x 2z ]
g(x,y,z) = [2x 2y 2z ]
Setting f(x,y,z) = g(x,y,z) and including the constraint equation, we
have
y = 2x  = 0  x = y = z = 0, which is not possible, since
the fourth equation is not satisfied.
x = 2y
that x = y = 0 and z = –1 or 1, or
2z = 2z   0 2 either
that x = y2 = 1/2 and z = 0.
x2 + y2 + z2 = 1
Candidates for extrema are (0 , 0 , 1) , (0 , 0 , –1) , (1/2 , 1/2 , 0) ,
(–1/2 , 1/2 , 0) , (1/2 , –1/2 , 0) , (–1/2 , –1/2 , 0)
f (–1/2 , 1/2 , 0) = f(1/2 , –1/2 , 0) = –1/2 is the absolute minimum,
and f(0 , 0, 1) = f(0 , 0 , –1) = 1 is the absolute maximum.
Find the absolute maximum and minimum of
f(x,y,z) = xy + yz subject to the constraint that x2 + y2 + z2 = 1.
With f(x,y,z) = xy + yz and g(x,y,z) = x2 + y2 + z2 , we have
f(x,y,z) = [ y x + z y ]
g(x,y,z) = [2x 2y 2z ]
Setting f(x,y,z) = g(x,y,z) and including the constraint equation, we
have
y = 2x
 = 0  y = 0 and x = – z , which gives us
x = 1/2 &amp; z = –1/2 or x = –1/2 &amp; z = 1/2 .
x + z = 2y
y = 2z
x2 + y2 + z2 = 1
  0  x = z  0 and y2 = 2x2 , which gives us
that x = z = 1/2 and y = 1/2 or –1/2, or
that x = z = –1/2 and y = 1/2 or –1/2 .
Candidates for extrema are (1/2 , 0 , –1/2) , (–1/2 , 0 , 1/2) ,
(1/2 , 1/2 , 1/2) , (1/2 , –1/2 , 1/2) , (–1/2 , 1/2 , –1/2) ,
(–1/2 , –1/2 , –1/2) . f (1/2 , –1/2 , 1/2) = f(–1/2 , 1/2 , –1/2) = –1/2
is the absolute minimum, and f(1/2 , 1/2 , 1/2) = f(–1/2 , –1/2 , –1/2)
= 1/2 is the absolute maximum.
Let x, y, and z be the dimensions of a rectangular box. Maximize the
volume V = xyz subject to the constraint that the surface area of the box
is S = 2xy + 2xz + 2yz.
With f(x,y,z) = xyz and g(x,y,z) = 2xy + 2xz + 2yz , we have
f(x,y,z) = [ yz xz
xy ]
g(x,y,z) = [2y +2z
2x +2z
2x +2y ]
Setting f(x,y,z) = g(x,y,z) and including the constraint equation, we
have
yz = 2(y+z)  = 0 implies xy = xz = yz = 0, which is not
xz = 2(x+z) possible, since the fourth equation is not satisfied
(and the box must have positive dimensions).
xy = 2(x+y)
  0 implies none of x, y, or z can be 0.
2xy + 2xz + 2yz = S
yz
xz
From the first two equations, —— = —— , from which it follows x = y.
y+z x+z
xz
xy
From the last two equations, —— = —— , from which it follows y = z.
x+z x+y
yz = 2(y+z)
xz = 2(x+z)
xy = 2(x+y)
2xy + 2xz + 2yz = S
 = 0 implies of x, y, and z is 0, which is not
possible, since the fourth equation is not satisfied
(i.e., the box must have positive dimensions).
  0 implies none of x, y, or z can be 0.
yz
xz
From the first two equations, —— = —— , from which it follows x = y.
y+z x+z
xz
xy
From the last two equations, —— = —— , from which it follows y = z.
x+z x+y
Then, from the constraint equation, we find that the only candidate for
extrema where each of x, y, and z is nonnegative is
(S/6 , S/6, S/6) .
We know this must be an absolute maximum by checking that volume
can only become smaller as any one of the dimensions goes to zero. The
maximum volume is (S/6)3/2.
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