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    Tangent Line of Elliptic Paraboloid

    Hi, thank you in advance for responses.

    For the elliptic paraboloid z=4x^2+3y^2, find a parametric equation of the tangent line to the paraboloid at the point (-1,2,16) in the x=-1 trace.

    I've got a rough idea of how to do it, but I can't quite get there. You don't need to completely solve it for me if you don't want to, but some pointers in the right direction would be wonderful.

    Thanks!
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    bump.

    Okay, well I've been looking at it and I think that the line I'm trying to find is equal to the point + t * a vector.

    Something like:

    r(t) = <-1,2,16>+t*<some vector>

    Where r(t) is the line I'm trying to find.

    Unfortunately, I do not know what that vector is or how to find it. Any ideas?
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