Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH100/December 2010/Question 01 (g)
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Question 01 (g) 

ShortAnswer Questions. Each question is worth 3 marks, but not all questions are of equal difficulty. Full marks will be given for correct answers placed in the box, but at most 1 mark will be given for incorrect answers. Unless otherwise stated, it is not necessary to simplify your answers in this question.
At the point (1,1). 
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Hint 

You can't explicitly solve for y and write as a function of x. So what can you do? 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. First, we must find the derivative of the curve using implicit differentiation: This gives us the equation for the slope. The question is asking us for the slope at the point (1,1) so we plug in x=1 and y=1: Therefore, the slope of the tangent line to the curve at (1,1) is 2/3. 