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July 14th, 2015, 01:13 PM   #1
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Gradient Question

So I don't get what I did wrong either.
Gradiant <-6,-18>
Length is Sqrt((-6)^2+(-1^2)=Sqrt(360). Unit Vector =1/sqrt(360)<-6,-18>
I'm not sure if we find the Length of the Gradiant Vector of length of the Unit Gradiant Vector
Gradiant <-6,-18>
Length of Gradiant: Sqrt(360)

What am I doing wrong?
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July 14th, 2015, 02:18 PM   #2
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The question asks for the fastest descent (slope is negative), while the gradient always gives the fastest ascent (where the slope is positive. I needed to multiple the vector<-6,-8> by negative one to get to a unit vector of 1/sqrt(360)<6,18> and hence a fastest downward speed of -sqrt(360).

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