# a question about tangent lines and slopes

• Sep 13th 2006, 11:46 PM
a question about tangent lines and slopes
the question is:
Find the points on the graph of y = x ^ (3/2) - x ^ (1/2) at which the tangent line is parallel to the line y - x = 3.

i have derived the first function to find the tangent line then i have derived it again to find it's slope, then derived the second function to get it's slope, then i have set the first slope = the second slope anyway this is what i got lastly:

(3/4) x ^ (-1/2) + (1/4) x ^ (-3/2) = 1
i could not get the value of x from this equation.is there any formula that will get me the value of x like the quadratic formula?
• Sep 14th 2006, 01:17 AM
CaptainBlack
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the question is:
Find the points on the graph of y = x ^ (3/2) - x ^ (1/2) at which the tangent line is parallel to the line y - x = 3.

i have derived the first function to find the tangent line then i have derived it again to find it's slope, then derived the second function to get it's slope, then i have set the first slope = the second slope anyway this is what i got lastly:

(3/4) x ^ (-1/2) + (1/4) x ^ (-3/2) = 1
i could not get the value of x from this equation.is there any formula that will get me the value of x like the quadratic formula?

The tangent line to y=x^(3/2)-x^(1/2) is parallel to y-x=3, when the
gradient is equal to that of the line.

The gradient of the line is 1, so you want the solutions of:

dy/dx=1.

RonL
• Sep 14th 2006, 12:29 PM