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Finding a Tangent Plane on a Surface Examples 2
Recall from the Finding a Tangent Plane on a Surface page that if $z = f(x, y)$ is a two variable realvalued function, then the equation of the tangent plane at a point $P(x_0, y_0)$ on the surface is given by the following formula:
(1)We will now look at some more examples of finding tangent planes to surfaces.
Example 1
Find the equation of the tangent plane that passes through point generated by $(2, \pi) \in D(f)$ on the surface $f(x, y) = \sin ( \cos (xy))$.
The partial derivatives of $f$ are $f_x(x, y) = y\sin (xy) \cos (\cos (xy))$ and $f_y(x, y) = x \sin (xy) \cos ( \cos (xy))$ and so $f_x(2, \pi) = \pi \sin (2\pi) \cos (\cos (2 \pi)) = 0$ and $f_y (2 \pi) = 2 \sin (2 \pi) \cos ( \cos (2 \pi)) = 0$. Furthermore we have that $f(2, \pi) = \sin ( \cos (2\pi)) = \sin (1)$. Therefore the tangent plane that passes through the point $(2, \pi, \sin(1))$ is given by the following formula:
(2)Example 2
Find the equation of the tangent plane that passes through point generated by $(1, 2) \in D(f)$ on the surface $f(x, y) = e^x 2^y$.
The partial derivatives of $f$ are $f_x(x, y) = e^x 2^y$ and $f_y(x, y) = \ln (2) e^x 2^y$ and so $f_x(1, 2) = 4e$ and $f_y(1, 2) = \ln (16) e$. Furthermore we have that $f(1, 2) = 4e$. Therefore the tangent plane that passes through the point $(1, 2, 4e)$ is given by the formula:
(3)Example 3
Find the equation of the tangent plane that passes through point generated by $(2, 1) \in D(f)$ on the surface $f(x, y) = 2^x xy$.
The partial derivatives of $f$ are $f_x(x, y) = y(2^x + \ln (2) 2^x x)$ and $f_y (x, y) = 2^x x$ and so $f_x(2, 1) = \left ( \frac{1}{4}  \frac{\ln (2)}{2} \right )$ and $f_y(2, 1) = \frac{1}{2}$. Furthermore we have that $f(2, 1) = \frac{1}{2}$. Therefore the tangent plane that passes through the point $\left ( 2, 1, \frac{1}{2} \right )$ is given by the formula:
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