# For what x value does the tangent of the graph of f(x) = xe^2x have a slope = 0?

• Apr 4th 2010, 08:30 AM
satx
For what x value does the tangent of the graph of f(x) = xe^2x have a slope = 0?
I said

f'(x) = m = 0 = 2xe^2x ---> x = 0/(2xe^2x) = 0

Is this right?
• Apr 4th 2010, 08:37 AM
e^(i*pi)
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Originally Posted by satx
I said

f'(x) = m = 0 = 2xe^2x ---> x = 0/(2xe^2x) = 0

Is this right?

Your method is right although you need to use the product rule when finding $\displaystyle f'(x)$

$\displaystyle f(x) = xe^{2x}$

$\displaystyle u = x \: \rightarrow \: u' = 1$

$\displaystyle v = e^{2x} \: \rightarrow \: v' = 2e^{2x}$

$\displaystyle f'(x) = u'v + v'u$
• Apr 4th 2010, 08:41 AM
satx
Wouldn't that equal 2?
• Apr 4th 2010, 08:50 AM
Raoh
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Originally Posted by satx
Wouldn't that equal 2?

i believe you have,$\displaystyle f'(x)=2e^{2x}x+e^{2x}$
• Apr 4th 2010, 08:53 AM
Raoh
to solve $\displaystyle f'(x)=0$
$\displaystyle f'(x)=2e^{2x}x+e^{2x}=e^{2x}(2x+1)=0\Leftrightarro w 2x+1=0$
:)
• Apr 4th 2010, 08:54 AM
satx
Ok then that would equal one then, if x = 0, no? (e^2(0))(0) + e^2(0)) = 0 + 1 = 1???
• Apr 4th 2010, 08:55 AM
satx
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Originally Posted by Raoh
to solve $\displaystyle f'(x)=0$
$\displaystyle f'(x)=2e^{2x}x+e^{2x}=e^{2x}(2x+1)=0\Leftrightarro w 2x+1=0$
:)

So e^0 is 0? I'm so confused :(
• Apr 4th 2010, 08:56 AM
Raoh
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Originally Posted by satx
Ok then that would equal one then, if x = 0, no? (e^2(0))(0) + e^2(0)) = 0 + 1 = 1???

i think you're trying to solve $\displaystyle f'(x)=0$ :)
• Apr 4th 2010, 08:58 AM
satx
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Originally Posted by Raoh
i think you're trying to solve $\displaystyle f'(x)=0$ :)

Well isn't the slope equal to the derivative?
• Apr 4th 2010, 09:05 AM
Raoh
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Originally Posted by satx
So e^0 is 0? I'm so confused :(

well $\displaystyle e^0=1$,what i wrote means $\displaystyle f'(-\frac{1}{2})=0$ and the $\displaystyle x$ you're searching for is $\displaystyle -\frac{1}{2}$.
• Apr 4th 2010, 09:15 AM
Raoh
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Originally Posted by satx
Well isn't the slope equal to the derivative?

yes :)