Multivariable Functions

A multivariable function is a function with several variables. Functions with more than one variable are needed in order to mathematically model complicated physical phenomena. Examples of multivariable functions. A rectangular solid has width W, length L and height H. The volume V of the rectangular solid is given by V = W L H. If W, L and H vary, volume V depends on 3 variables: width W, length L and height H.

If we keep y constant and differentiate f (assuming f is differentiable) with respect to the variable x.y) be a function with two variables. we obtain what is called the partial derivative of f with respect to x which is denoted by ∂f ∂x or fx Similarly If we keep x constant and differentiate f (assuming f is differentiable) with respect to the variable y.Partial Derivatives in Calculus Let f(x. we obtain what is called the partial derivative of f with respect to y which is denoted by ∂f ∂y or fy .

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful