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MATH2014 Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra

Assignment 1

Instructions

- Due date: 5:00 p.m., 23 September, 2016

- Write on white A4 paper. Staple multi-page assignments in the top left corner only.
Don’t put your assignment in a plastic folder.

- Write your name and student number at the top right corner of first page.

- Use a blue or black pen for handwritten answers; avoid other colours. Don’t use pencil
for writing assignments.

- No need to copy the questions. Show all the steps of your calculation.

- Full marks of this assignment is 2.

1. Let
 sin(x − y) ,

(x, y) 6= (0, 0)
f (x, y) = |x| + |y|
0, (x, y) = (0, 0).

Is f continuous at the origin? Why?

2. Three resistors of resistances R1 , R2 and R3 connected in parallel produce a resistance R
given by R1 = R11 + R12 + R13 . Express R in terms of R1 , R2 and R3 . Compute ∂R ∂R
j
for
j = 1, 2, 3.

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3. Suppose g(u) is a C 1 -function of u and let w = xy · g xy . Use the chain rule of
differentiation to evaluate the expression x ∂w
∂x
+ y ∂w
∂y
− w.

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4. Use total differential to approximate 4.982 + 1.052 + 0.962 .

∂w
5. Let w = x2 + y 2 − z 2 , x = ρ sin φ cos θ, y = ρ sin φ sin θ and z = ρ cos φ. Calculate ∂ρ
and
∂w
∂θ
.

6. The length and width of a rectangle are measured with percentage errors of 0.5%. Approx-
imate the maximun percentage error if total differnetial is used in calculating the length
p
of the diagonal, s = x2 + y 2 where x and y are the length and width respectively.

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