horizontal tangent

• Sep 26th 2009, 08:58 PM
jayjay60
horizontal tangent
For what values of x does the graph of f (x) have a horizontal tangent? (Round the answers to three decimal places.)
f (x) = 2x^3 + 6x^2 + 2 x + 9

horizontal tangent has a zero slope
so would i differentiate it before i set the equation =0?
• Sep 26th 2009, 09:01 PM
differentiate
yes, Differentiate first.
• Sep 26th 2009, 09:10 PM
jayjay60
well i got 6x^2+12x+2, do i set this equal to 0 or what next? i've been studying math all day long. i'm f'serious. >.<,
• Sep 26th 2009, 09:49 PM
differentiate
Yep set it to zero.
it becomes

$6x^2 + 12x + 2 = 0$

$2(3x^2 + 6x + 1) = 0$

$3x^2 + 6x + 1 = 0$

and then find the values of x, using the quadratic formula or completing the square.

$x = \frac{-6 \pm \sqrt{6^2 - 12}}{6}$
$= \frac{-6\pm \sqrt{24}}{6}$
$= -0.1835\ or\ -1.8165$