# Finding the vaue of c given an equation of line

• Jan 31st 2013, 06:18 PM
mathisfun26
Finding the vaue of c given an equation of line
Find the value of c such that the line y=5/6x+15/2 is tangent to the curve y= c(sqrt x)
list after with finding the derivative of c(sqrt x)
• Jan 31st 2013, 08:43 PM
chiro
Re: Finding the vaue of c given an equation of line
Hey mathisfun26.

Hint: Start off by calculating the derivative (and noting that a tangent line has the form y = mx + b where m is the derivative).
• Jan 31st 2013, 08:48 PM
abender
Re: Finding the vaue of c given an equation of line
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Originally Posted by mathisfun26
Find the value of c such that the line y=5/6x+15/2 is tangent to the curve y= c(sqrt x)
$f(x)=c\sqrt{x}$
$f^\prime(x)=\frac{c}{2\sqrt{x}}$
If $t(x)=\tfrac{5}{6}x + \tfrac{15}{2}$ is tangent to $f(x)$, then the slope of the line tangent to $f(x)$ is $\tfrac{5}{6}$.
To find the point at which $t(x)$ is tangent to $f(x)$, we first solve for $x$ (in terms of $c$) in $\tfrac{c}{2\sqrt{x}}= \tfrac{5}{6}$. Plug this $x$-coordinate, which we label $x_0$, into $f(x)$ to determine the $y$-coordinate of the point at which $t(x)$ is tangent to $f(x)$, which we call $y_0$.
Finally, plug the point $(x_0, y_0)$ into $t(x)$ and you then should be able to solve for $c$.