If x, y and z are real numbers such that: x + y + z = 5 and xy + yz + zx = 3, what is the largest value that x can have ?
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xy+yz+zx=3 is a hyperboloid of two sheets that intersects the plane x+y+z=5 in a circle, but its center lies along an axis of x=y=z and is therefore diagonal to all the axes. Thus you can't take one of the variables as zero.
A good way to visualize this is to use David Parker's DPGraph software, which is a lot cheaper than Mathematica, but produces 3-D graphs of things like this, including both surfaces.
Posted by Charlie
on 2003-11-17 14:15:32