Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH110/December 2016/Question 02 (a)
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Question 02 (a) 

The tangent line to the graph of at the point where has equation . Find and . 
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Hint 1 

Recall that the tangent line of a function at a point touches the graph of at the point . 
Hint 2 

Recall that the derivative of a function at a point is the slope of its tangent line. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. By Hint 1, the tangent line at touches the point . From the equation of the tangent line, since is the value when , we solve for and obtain that Therefore, .
To find , we just need the slope of the tangent line. Writing the equation of the tangent line as the slope can be read off as This means .
Answer: we have and . 