
MTH243 (Calculus
for Functions of Several Variables)
MATHEMATICA. Chapter 14:
Differentiating Functions of Several Variables
Vladimir A. Dobrushkin,Lippitt
Hall 202C, 8745095,dobrush@uri.edu
In this course we will use Mathematica computer algebra system (CAS), which is available in computer labs at URI. The
Mathematica projects are created to help you learn new concepts. Mathematica is very useful in visualizing graphs and
surfaces in three dimensions. Matlab (commercial software) is also available at engineeering labs. Its free version is
called Octave. A student can also use free CASs: SymPy (based on Python), Maxima, or Sage.

Section 14.1. The Partial Derivative
Example 1. Plotting the Graph of the Function \( F (x, y) = x^2+y^2 \)
Plot3D[(x^2 + y^2), {x, 3, 3}, {y, 3, 3}, Axes > True,
PlotStyle > Green]
Now we create a new graph:
\( g (x, y) = x^2 + y^2 + 3 \)
Plot3D[(x^2 + y^2 + 3), {x, 3, 3}, {y, 3, 3}, Axes > True]
Another graph of \( h(x, y) = 5  x^2  y^2 \)
Plot3D[(5  x^2  y^2), {x, 3, 3}, {y, 3, 3}, Axes > True,
PlotStyle > Orange]
One more: \( k (x, y) = x^2 + (y  1)^2 \)
Plot3D[(x^2 + (y  1)^2), {x, 3, 3}, {y, 3, 3}, PlotStyle > None]
Example 2. Plotting the Graph of the Function \( G(x,y)=e^{(x^2+y^2)} \)
Plot3D[(E^(x^2 + y^2)), {x, 5, 5}, {y, 5, 5},
PlotStyle > Opacity[.8]]
Cross Sections and the Graph of a Function where x=2
Plot3D[{(x^2 + y^2), (4 + y^2)}, {x, 3, 3}, {y, 3, 3}]
 