Finding the "normal line" of a graph.
Here's the problem:
"Given the parabola , where A is the number of letters in your first name and B is the number of letters in your last name, find an equation for the line L that contains the point (0,B) and is perpendicular to the tangent line to the parabola at (0,B). This is called the 'normal line' to the graph."
For me, A = 8 and B = 6. It says that I can find the slope of the tangent line and then use that to compute the slope of the normal line, but I'm not sure how to go about doing that. I know the derivative of the function is (or is it ?), but I don't know where to go from there.