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Use lagrange multiplier to find greatest and least distance from point (2,1,-4) to ellipsoid x^2 +5y^2 +z^2 =1.

I tried solving it but i got a polynomial to power 4.

Its too long to post my working so ill just dropbox it.

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  1. I worked it out, and also got a 4th-degree equation in x. So what? Just solve it for x using whatever method works best.

    I did get z=x rather than z = -2x, but maybe I made a mistake.

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  2. Turns out my lecturer tells everyone theres no 5y^2... welp i just wasted few hrs...

    I see... thanks for the help

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