Partial Derivative Functions and Their Plots

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Explore the connection between the graph of a function, , of two variables and the graphs of its partial derivative functions, and . The "show curve" option highlights the curves obtained by taking a fixed value of one of the variables in and one of its partial derivatives. The "show projection" option plots just these two curves in two dimensions for a better view of their relationship.

Contributed by: Marc Brodie  (July 2012)
(Wheeling Jesuit University)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




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