# Vector Calculus Independent Study Path

## Unit 4: Maximization and Minimization

In this unit, you will learn:
- How to find the critical points of a scalar valued function.
- How to use Lagrange multipliers to solve constrained min/max
problems.
- How to use the Hessian matrix to determine if critical points
are local max, local min, or saddle points.

For more detailed instructions, see the Xdvi
or PDF pages.
## Suggested Procedure

- Read and do some problems from
- Rogers Chapters 12 and 13,
- Marsden and Tromba 3rd edition chapter 4,
- Marsden and Tromba 4th edition chapter 3, or
- Simmons, sections 19.7 and 19.8.
- World Web Math pages regarding

- Take the Sample Test, Xdvi or PDF.
- Take a unit test.

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Last modified November 5, 1998