Critical points

Learning objectives

  • Classify generic critical points of 2-variable functions
  • Find maxima by gradient following

Before class

  • Read Hughes-Hallett sections 15.1, 15.2
  • Ponder Hughes-Hallett problems: 15.1: 1, 3, 9, 20, 22, 28, 32, 34; 15.2: 2, 23, 24, 28.

In class

  • Discuss test
  • More work with second derivatives
  • Mathematica notebook – contour diagram with multiple critical points
  • Exercises Feel free to classify critical points by drawing contour plot with Mathematica (or Wolfram Alpha)
  • Local and global theory of critical points:  On Hills and Dales by James Clerk Maxwell (1870) and Prof Flath’s notes giving the same theory in more modern language. Here are some questions to help you read Maxwell.

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