Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH100/December 2018/Question 04
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Question 04 

Find the and coordinates of all points on the curve given by the equation:
for which the tangent line at each of those points passes through the point (0, −6). 
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Hint 1 

To find the slope of the tangent line at a point of a curve, use implicit differentiation. 
Hint 2 

Write the equation of the tangent line at an arbitrary point on this curve, using the pointslope formula. Let this line go through (0, 6). 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Let be a point on the curve. Then this point satisfies
To find the slope of the tangent line passing through , use implicit differentiation. Differentiate both sides of the equation of the curve with respect to . By the chain rule,
Let be the slope of the tangent line at point . Assume . Then
Using the pointslope formula, the tangent line equation to the curve at the point can be written as
Let this tangent line pass through . Putting and ,
Together with Equation (1) we can solve for the point. or Now consider if , then The slope of the tangent line DNE. It follows that the tangent line is a vertical line, either or . Neither of them passes through the point Therefore, the points on the curve that satisfy the requirements are . 