Find the eqn of the normal to the curve y=e^(3x+2) at the point where x=-1, leaving your answer in terms of e.

For this qn, im not sure of the simplified version of the answer since you have to leave the answer in terms of e.

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- Oct 7th 2008, 05:48 AMmaybeline9216eqn of normal to the curve
Find the eqn of the normal to the curve y=e^(3x+2) at the point where x=-1, leaving your answer in terms of e.

For this qn, im not sure of the simplified version of the answer since you have to leave the answer in terms of e. - Oct 7th 2008, 06:09 AMearboth
- Oct 7th 2008, 06:18 AMmaybeline9216
umm sorry shld be y= e^(3x+2)

- Oct 7th 2008, 06:26 AMearboth
- Oct 7th 2008, 06:33 AMticbol
Let me guess, "qn" is question.

So what if you have to leave the answer in terms of e? That's okay.

That's what the qn is asking for.

I bet you know that the y' is the slope of the tangent line to anywhere on the y-curve.

And you know too that -1/(y') is the slope of the normal line to anywhere on the y-curve.

So, you find the y'.

It should be

y' = 3e^(3x +2)

The slope of the normal line?

Why, m = -1 / 3e^(3x +2), of course.

Nww you find the point on the y-curve where the normal line is supposed to inject the curve.

It is given as the point where x = -1.

So, the y?

y = e^(3(-1) +2) = e^(-1) = 1/e

Thus, the point is (-1,1/e)

To find the equation of the normal line, you can use the point-slope form of the line

(y -y1) = m(x -x1)

You aleady have the (x1,y1) ....the (-1,1/e)

What about the m where x = -1?

m = -1 / 3e^(3(-1) +2)

m = -1 / 3e^(-1)

m = -e/3

Hence, the normal line is

(y -1/e) = (-e/3)(x -(-1))

y -1/e = (-e/3)x -e/3

y = (-e/3)x -e/3 +1/e ------answer. - Oct 7th 2008, 06:34 AMmaybeline9216
Can this be simplified any further???

- Oct 7th 2008, 06:40 AMearboth