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Tangents and Normal to Curves

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Tangents and Normal to Curves

For any curve,  is the gradient function. At any point on the curve, at that point, gives the gradient of the tangent at the point. The derivation of y with respect to x at x = x1 is denoted.

x = x1

Recall that the equation of the line of gradient m through (x1, y1) is y – y1 = m(x – x1).

From this equation, we can easily obtain the equation of the tangent.

The straight line, perpendicular to the tangent at the point of contact of the tangent to the curve is called the Normal to the curve.

If m1 is the gradient of the Normal, and m is the gradient of the tangent at the point of contact of the tangent to the curve, then

m1 =

So at the point (x1, y1) the equation of the normal is y – y1 =   (x – x1)

Find the equation of the tangent and the normal to the curve y = 2x3 – x2 + 3x + 1 at the point x = 1.

 

Solution

Given that y = 2x3 – x2 + 3x + 1

6x2 – 2x + 3

x = x1= 6 – 2 + 3 = 7

If m is the gradient of the tangent at x = 1, then m = 7.

At the point x = 1; y = 2 – 1 + 3 + 1 = 5.

The equation of the tangent at the point x = 1 is

y – 5 = 1(x – 1)

y – 5 7x– 2

If m1 is the gradient of the normal at x = 1, then

m1 =

Hence, the equation of the normal at x = 1, is y – 5 =  (x – 1)

7(y – 5) = -1 (x – 1)

7y – 35 = -x + 1

7y + x – 36 = 0

 

Find the equation of the tangent to the curve x2y + y2x + 3x – 13 = 0 at the point (1, 2)

 

Solution

x2y + y2x + 3x – 13 = 0

x2 + 2xy + 3y2x  y2 + 3 = 0

(x2 + 3y2x)  + 2xy + y3 + 3 = 0

(x2 + 3y2x)  = -2xy – y3 – 3

-2xy – y3 -3

x2 + 3y2x

If m is the gradient of the tangent at the point (1, 2) then

m = x = 1, y = 2

= =

The equation of the tangent is therefore

y – 2 =   (x – 1)

13 (y – 2) = -15 (x – 1)

13y – 26 = -15x + 15

13y + 15x – 41 = 0

 

A curve is defined by

f(x) = x3 – 6x3 – 15x – 1. Find

(i) the derivation f(x) with respect to x;

(ii) the gradient of the curve at the point where x = 1;

(iii) the maximum and the minimum points.

 

Find the maximum and minimum points of the curve y = x3– x2 – 5x and sketch the curve.

A curve passes through the point (1, 0) and its gradient at any point p(x, y) is 3x2 – 1.

(i) Find the equation of the curve;

(ii) Sketch the curve, indicating all turning points and the point of intersection with the axes.

 

Sketch the curve y = x3 – 6x2 + 9x.

Find:

(i)the equation of the tangent to the curve y = x3 + x2 – 8x + 2 at the point A(1, -4);

(ii) the coordinate of the point where the tangent meet the x – axis.

 

Evaluation

Find the equation of the normal to each of the following curve

(4) y = (2x – 3) (x + 2) at x = 1

 

General Evaluation

Find the equation of the tangent to each of the following curve at the given points

(1) y = x2 – 3x – 4 at x = 1

(2) y = x3 + 2x2 – 3x + 1 at x = -1

(3) y = 1 – 2x + 5x2 – x3 at x = 3

Find the equation of the normal to each of the following curve

(5) y = 6 – 2x + 3x2 – 2x3 at x = 0

  

Weekend Assignment

A curve y = 4x3 – 2x2 + 7x + 5 at point x = 3, find the

(1) Gradient of its tangent

(a) 12                                                   (b) 108                         (c) 103

(d) 115

(2) Gradient of its normal

(a)

 

(3) Equation of the tangent

(a)y = 108x – 116                                (b) y = 103x – 193                   (c) y = 115x – 90

(d) y = 12x – 309

 

(4) Equation of the normal

(a) 103y + x – 11 = 0                          (b) 103x + y – 116 = 0            (c) 116x + x – 119 = 0

(d) 116x + y – 103 = 0

 

(5) Find the gradient of this curve y = 2x2 – 5x + 8 at point x = 1

(a) 1                             (b) -1               (c) 2                 (d) 3

 

Theory

(1) Find the gradient of the tangent and the normal of the curve y = x3 – 6x2 – 15x – 1 at point x = 1

(2) A curve passes through the point (1, 0) and its gradient at any point p(x, y) is 3x2 – 1, find the equation of the curve.

 

See also

QUADRATIC EQUATION

FRICTION

STATICS

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