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Question 05 (b) 

Find the equation of the line tangent to the curve at . 
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Hint 1 

To compute the tangent line at a point, what important concept in this course do we need to utilize? 
Hint 2 

You will need to compute the derivative (which is the slope of the tangent line to the curve at a point). This can be done using the quotient rule. 
Hint 3 

Don't forget to find the y value of the point, plug in the x coordinate into the original equation. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. To find the equation of the tangent line, we need to find the slope via the derivative. We can either apply the quotient rule or the power rule (by recognising . Using the quotient rule:
This gives:
At , we have (from part (a)), and so that means that the slope of the curve at is
We will also need the value at the point
(here we used the fact that the function is periodic and then applied the computation from part (a)). This means our tangent line is:
