# Thread: Find equation of tangent..

1. ## Find equation of tangent..

Find the equation of the tangent to the curve f (x) = 2x^2 - 4x + 4 which is perpendicular to the line y = -1/4x + 4.

I worked it out but got it slightly wrong and I dont know what I did incorrectly.

So what I did was I said okay. The gradient for the tangent is m=4.
and f'(x)=4x-4 so if the m=4, then x would equal 0.
If x=0, y=4 when you sub x=0 into f(x).

so i put it into the formula and got:
y-4=4(x-0)
y=4x+4

Maybe its just a silly mistake that I can't point out and maybe its not. Anyone like to point it out?

2. The gradient of the tangent is 4. So when $\displaystyle m=4, x=2$.

$\displaystyle f'(x)=4x-4\Rightarrow 4=4x-4\Rightarrow x=2$

When $\displaystyle x=2, y=4$

$\displaystyle y-y_1=m(x-x_1)$

$\displaystyle y-4=4(x-2)$

$\displaystyle y=4x-4$

3. Oh i get it now thanks!

4. Since its perpendicular to the line, the product of the gradients of the lines equals -1

$\displaystyle m_{1}m_2=-1\Rightarrow -\frac{1}{4}m_T=-1\Rightarrow m_T=4$

So the gradient of the tangent is 4.

You know that $\displaystyle f'(x)=4x-4$, which is the gradient function.

The gradient equals 4 when $\displaystyle f'(x)=4$

$\displaystyle 4x-4=4\Rightarrow 4x=8\Rightarrow x=2$

5. yeah. for some reason before your math equatoins didnt load on your last post thats why i was confused but thanks for the thorough explaination

6. No worries. Have a good one