Posted by enigma on .
A function is given by,
f(x,y) = x^4  y^2  2x^2 + 2y  7
Using the second derivative test for functions of two variables, classify the points (0,1) and (1,1) as local maximum, local minimum or inconclusive.

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Writeacher,
You must be taking a test!!
Please be aware that no one here will do your work for you, especially when you post your last 7 problems (with no thoughts of your own) in under 4 minutes!! 
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enigma,
i apologise if that is the case. it's just that i have no idea where to start.
thank you for your time. 
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enigma,
(1,1) is classified as a saddle point because the value it gives after the second derivative test is less than 0 therefore the value is inconclusive. While (0,1) is classified as a local maximum because the value it gives after the second derivative test is a negative.