1. ## Graph tangents

Curve C has equation y= (1/3)x^3 - 4x^2 + 8x + 3

The point P has coordinates (3,0) and lies on C. Point Q also lies on C. The tangent to C at Q is parallel to the tangent to C at P.

Find the coordinates of Q-

I found the tangent to C at P- y = -7x +21
And that the gradient of the tangent on C at Q will be -7 but I can't think how to get the coordinates.

2. Hello, greghunter!

You've worked out the necessary information.

Curve $C$ has equation: $y\:=\:\tfrac{1}{3}x^3 - 4x^2 + 8x + 3$

The point $P$ has coordinates (3,0) and lies on $C.$
Point $Q$ also lies on $C$, and the tangent at $Q$ is parallel to the tangent at $P.$

Find the coordinates of $Q.$

The derivative is: . $y' \:=\:x^2-8x + 8$

At $P(3,0)\!:\;\;y' \:=\:3^2-8(3) + 8 \:=\:\text{-}7$

. . The slope of the tangent at $P$ is -7.

Where else is the slope of the tangent equal to -7 ?

. . Solve: . $x^2-8x + 8 \:=\:-7 \quad\Rightarrow\quad x^2 -8x + 15 \:=\:0$

. . $(x-3)(x-5) \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad x \:=\:3,\:5$

So the tangent has slope -7 when $x = 3$
(we know!) . . . and when $x = 5$

When $x=5\!:\;y \:=\:\tfrac{1}{3}(5^3) - 4(5^2) + 8(5) + 3 \:=\:\text{-}\frac{46}{3}$

. . Therefore, the coordinates of $Q$ are: . $\left(5,\:\text{-}\tfrac{46}{3}\right)$