p is a variable point on the parabola x^2 = -4y. The tangent from P cuts the parabola x^2 = 4y at Q and R. Show that 3x^2 = 4y is the equation of the locus of the midpoint of the chord RQ.
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Let P have co-ordinates on the lower parabola.
The slope of the tangent is , and you can see from a sketch that this is equal to
divided by a crucial advance on the x-axis that turns out (as a result) to be
.
And from this you can deduce that the constant in the tangent-line equation is
.
So
is an equation for the tangent line which you can set equal to the upper parabola that it has to (twice) intersect...
So solve that equation for x, to get the x-values (and after that the y's) of the points of intersection in terms of a, and then finally their mean average (mid-point) in terms of a. Hopefully that final y-value will be three-quarters the square of the x.