Review Exercises 1 - 5

Exercise 1

Given the following five vectors: A = (1, 2, 3); B = (2, -3, 5); C = (x, y, z); D = (cos t, sin t, t 2); E = (-2, 1, 0).
Do each of the following:

  • Form the sum: A + B + C.
  • Compute AB.
  • Compute A×(B+C).
  • Find values for x, y and z for which CA = 0 and CB = 0.
  • Find the cosine of the angle between A and B. Between B and D (the answer will be a function of t).
  • Find the projection of E on B.
  • Find the determinant whose columns are A, B and E; also find the determinant whose columns are A, B and C.
  • Suppose the point P has coordinates x = 1, y = 2, z = 3. What are its spherical coordinates ρ, θ and Φ?
  • What is the volume of the parallelepiped with edges A, B and E?
  • Find the projection of D into the xy plane. What is its length?

Exercise 2

Consider the line containing the points A and B above.

  • Give a parametric representation of the points on that line.
  • Find a unit length "tangent vector" that points in the direction of the line.
  • Find two directions normal to that vector.
  • Consider the plane containing the points A, B and E:
    • Find a (two parameter) parametric representation of the plane.
    • Find a normal to the plane.
    • Find an equation that points on the plane all obey.

  • Suppose we have a new and different product of vectors V@W that has the property V@V = 0 for all V and @ is linear in each argument so that you can apply the distributive law.
    • Deduce something about V@W + W@V by applying same to (V + W)@(V + W).

Exercise 3

Differentiate the following functions with respect to the indicated variables:

  • sin (2x).
  • (sin xy)ex+y with respect to x for fixed y.
  • x2 + y2 - 3xy with respect to y for fixed x.
  • (sin (y + s sin t))e-(x+s cos t) with respect to s everything else fixed.
  • Find the gradient of (sin y)e-x.
  • Find the directional derivative of this function in the direction whose unit vector is (cos t, sin t).
  • Find the linear approximation to sin (ex) at x = 0.
  • Evaluate the derivative with respect to t of (r×v) where v is dr/dt; suppose that dv/dt is in the direction of r. What then is the answer?
  • Where is 1/x not differentiable? Where is tan x not differentiable? Where is |x| not differentiable?
  • Find the derivative of an inverse function to sin (ex) (to define an inverse function completely you have to specify a range; ignore that here).

Exercise 4

  • Find the gradient of the function r = (x2 + y2)1/2 and ρ = (x2 + y2 + z2)1/2.
  • Find the gradient of 1/ρ.
  • Find the gradients of cos θ and of θ.
  • Find the curl of (y, z, x).
  • Find the divergence of ρ3 (remember that ρ = (x, y, z)).
  • Find the curl of same.

Exercise 5

  • Find the quadratic approximation to sin xy at x = 1, y = 2 (radians).
  • Where does this function have critical points (both partial derivatives are 0).
  • Find at least one saddle point.
  • Evaluate (a×b)•(a×b) by switching a dot and cross product and expressing the triple cross product according the rule for doing same, to get an alternate expression for the same thing entirely in terms of dot products.
  • Which of the following functions can be defined at x = 0? (1-cos x)/x2, x2/sinx, (sin x cos x)/x2?