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  • Subject: [mg47048] Infrequent Mathematica User
  • From: "Jim Dars" <jim-dars at>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 05:19:14 -0500 (EST)
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Hi All, (second post, first didn't display)

f is defined below as a function of x, y, and z.
I wish to take the partials set to zero and solve the 3 equations for x, y,
and z.
I've copied from Mathematica and had to clean up the paste, a bit.  I used
the partial symbol from the palette to define my partial derivatives.  The 3
lines on this page look nothing like what appeared when using Mathematica
to obtain the partials.  I've tried the "Solve equation" with just "a" and
a[x_,y_,z_] etc.
Mathematica replies "{{}}".
I sure would appreciate some advice.

Thanks, Best wishes, Jim
Jim-Dars at

f[x_, y_, z_] =
      x/(1 + x^2) + y/(1 + x^2 + y^2) +
        z/(1 + x^2 + y^2 + z^2);
  a[x_, y_, z_] = \[PartialD]\_x f;\)\[IndentingNewLine]
  b[x_, y_, z_] = \[PartialD]\_y f;\)\[IndentingNewLine]
  c[x_, y_, z_] = \[PartialD]\_z\ f;\)\[IndentingNewLine]
  Solve[{a[x_, y_, z_] == 0, b[x_, y_, z_] == 0, c[x_, y_, z_] == 0}, {x, y,

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