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Question 09 (a) 

Suppose that the function is differentiable for all and that and . (a) Prove that there is a point on the graph of at which the tangent line is parallel to the line with the equation . Make sure you state what theorem(s) you use to support your claim and why they apply. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The tangent line at the point is parallel to the line with the equation exactly when . So it is enough to prove that there is a value of such that . We would like to use the Mean Value Theorem. Let and . Then , , and . Because is differentiable everywhere, it is continuous on the closed interval and differentiable on the open interval . Thus, by the Mean Value Theorem, there exists an such that and . And as , that means that there exists an such that and . This finishes the proof. 