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    tangent to a curve

    I have problems solving this, seems a bit more complicated than other similar problems.

    For which parameter a (real number) is y=(3/2)*x-2 tangent of curve (y^2)*x+a=x^2+y^2?

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    Re: tangent to a curve

    Quote Originally Posted by kicma View Post
    I have problems solving this, seems a bit more complicated than other similar problems.

    For which parameter a (real number) is y=(3/2)*x-2 tangent of curve (y^2)*x+a=x^2+y^2?

    Thanks!
    Hello,

    there is probably a more accurate way to do this question - but here is what I've done:

    1. (y^2)\cdot x+a=x^2+y^2~\implies~f(x,y)= x^2 +y^2-x y^2 -a = 0

    2. By partial differentiation you'll get:

    \frac{\partial f}{\partial x}=y^2-2x.......... and............. \frac{\partial f}{\partial y}=2y(x-1)

    3. Therefore: \frac{dy}{dx} = -\frac{y^2-2x}{2y(x-1)} = \frac32

    4. Solve this equation for x:

    x = \frac{y \cdot (3 - y)}{3y - 2}

    5. From the equation of the line you'll get: x = \frac23 \cdot (y+2)

    6. Set equal those terms in x:

    \frac{y \cdot (3 - y)}{3y - 2} = \frac23 \cdot (y+2) and solve for y.

    7. You'll get 2 values for y: y = 1 or y = -\frac89

    8. The corresponding x-values are x = 2 or x = \frac{20}{27}

    9. Plug in these values for x and y into the equation of the curve to determine a:

    a = x^2+y^2-x y^2

    (x,y)=(2,1)~\implies~a= 3 Graph in brown, tangent point in red.

    (x,y)=(\frac{20}{27}\ ,\ -\frac89)~\implies~a= \frac{1648}{2187} Graph in blue, tangent point in violet.
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