Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH100/December 2011/Question 01 (h)
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Question 01 (h) 

ShortAnswer Questions. Put your answer in the box provided but show your work also. 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. Find the slope of the tangent line to the curve y=f(x) at the point (0,2), where the function y=f(x) satisfies the equation 
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Is y=ƒ(x) implicit or explicit? What method of differentiation do you need to use? 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. In order to find the slope of the tangent line, we need to take the derivative. However, because this expression is not written in the form y = f(x), we will have to use implicit differentiation with respect to x. Thus we implicitly differentiate the expression with respect to x. Note that the term x^{2} can be differentiated directly, the term xy requires the product rule, and the term y^{2} requires the chain rule. Since we are finding a specific derivative at the point (0,2), we can go ahead and plug in the values x=0 and y=2 to get: If we solve the above expression for the derivative dy/dx we get: So the slope of the tangent line is 1/2. 