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**erohanip** I am unable to comprehend the proof for tangent line to conics. Here is the proof as per the book (Multiview Geometry by Hartley and Zisserman). Everything is in homogeneous coordinates.

The line** l = Cx** passes through** x**, since **l***(TRANSPOSE)*** x** = **x***(TRANSPOSE) ***Cx** **= 0**. If** l** has one-point contact with the conic, then it is a tangent, and we are done. Otherwise suppose that **l** meets the conic in another point y. Then **y***(TRANSPOSE)*** Cy = 0** and **x(***TRANSPOSE)*** Cy = l***(TRANSPOSE)*** y = 0**. __From this it follows that __**(x + αy)***(TRANSPOSE)*** C(x + αy) = 0 **for all α, which means that the whole line** l = Cx** joining x and y lies on the conic C, which is therefore degenerate.

where C is conic coefficient matrix = [ a, b/2, d/2 ; b/2, c, e/2 ; d/2, e/2, f ]

I dont see how the underlined portion follows from the above premise. And even if it does how is the line a tangent to the conic?