Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH100/December 2011/Question 01 (e)
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Question 01 (e)
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Find an equation of the tangent line to the curve at the point (e, 0).
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How do you find the slope of the tangent line to a given function at a specific point?
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To find the equation of the tangent line to y = x3.5 - e3.5 at the point (e, 0 ), we must first find the derivative of the curve, which is the slope of the tangent line at that point.
First we use the difference rule to separate the two terms.
The next step is to recognize that e3.5 is a constant, so we know that its derivative is equal to 0 and we can remove that term altogether from the equation. Then we use to power rule to differentiate x3.5 :
By plugging in x = e into the derivative, we find the tangent line at the desired point (e, 0), we get the slope m of the tangent line of equation y-y0 = m(x - x0)
From this we can conclude that the equation of the line is:
Simplifying, we get