# Thread: Find eguation of tangent

1. ## Find eguation of tangent

Find eguation of tangent to each curve at a given point:

2x^2y^3 + 3xy+5=0 (1,-1)
The only thing that throws me off is two variables

y=2sin(x) + cos^2x (pi/6, 7/4)
I am pretty sure I know how to do this, just want to double check.

2. Originally Posted by BobCalc
Find eguation of tangent to each curve at a given point:

2x^2y^3 + 3xy+5=0 (1,-1)
The only thing that throws me off is two variables

Mr F says: Use implicit differentiation to get dy/dx. Then proceed in the usual way.

y=2sin(x) + cos^2x (pi/6, 7/4)
I am pretty sure I know how to do this, just want to double check. Mr F says: If you want your work double checked, please post that work (all of it, not just your answer).

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3. Mr F says: Use implicit differentiation to get dy/dx. Then proceed in the usual way.

2x^2y^3 + 3xy+5
Ok here is the dy/dx 12xy^3+ 3
I just do not know what to do because there are 2 variables x and y, should I isolate for y?

y=2sin(x) + cos^2x (pi/6, 7/4)

dy/dx= 2cox - 2sinxcox

After plugging in pi/6, I get root 3- root 3/2- This is the only thing I think I can be wrong at.

And thanks for the fast response mr.F

4. Originally Posted by BobCalc
2x^2y^3 + 3xy+5
Ok here is the dy/dx 12xy^3+ 3 Mr F says: Your expression for dy/dx is wrong. Have you been taught implicit differentiation? Note that y is treated as an implicit function of x. So you have to use things like chain rule and product rule here.

Once you have the correct expression that gives dy/dx, you substitute x = 1 and y = -1 into it and solve for dy/dx.

y=2sin(x) + cos^2x (pi/6, 7/4)

dy/dx= 2cox - 2sinxcox

After plugging in pi/6, I get root 3- root 3/2- This is the only thing I think I can be wrong at. Mr F says: This is correct and simplifies to $\displaystyle {\color{blue}\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}}$. Please show all your working in getting the equation of the tangent.

And thanks for the fast response mr.F
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5. Hopefully this differentiation is correct. Math is not my strong point in school, so sorry for making mistakes.

4xy^3 + 6y^2x^2 +3y+3x=0

I sub in In (1,-1)

-4+6+3-3=0
2

So m is 2?

6. I really need someone to check my differentiation, my teacher told me that similar question is going to be on the test, so I really need to know.

Find eguation of tangent to each curve at a given point:

2x^2y^3 + 3xy+5=0 (1,-1)

4xy^3 + 6y^2x^2 +3y+3x=0

I sub in In (1,-1)

-4+6+3-3=0
2

So m is 2? Any help would be greatly appreciated

7. Originally Posted by BobCalc
I really need someone to check my differentiation, my teacher told me that similar question is going to be on the test, so I really need to know.

Find eguation of tangent to each curve at a given point:

2x^2y^3 + 3xy+5=0 (1,-1)

4xy^3 + 6y^2x^2 +3y+3x=0

I sub in In (1,-1)

-4+6+3-3=0
2

So m is 2? Any help would be greatly appreciated
I asked if you had been taught implicit differentiation. If you do not understand how to apply that technique, you are not going to be able to do these questions. Go back to your class notes and/or textbook and review all the examples you have been given. Here is one more example:

$\displaystyle 2x^2y^3 + 3xy + 5 = 0$

Differentiate both sides with respect to x, treating y as an implicit function of x.

The derivative of $\displaystyle 2x^2 y^3$ is $\displaystyle 4x y^3 + 2x^2 3 y^2 \frac{dy}{dx} = 4x y^3 + 6 x^2 y^2 \frac{dy}{dx}$.

In the above I have used the product rule to differentiate $\displaystyle (2x^2) (y^3)$ and I have used the chain rule to differentiate $\displaystyle y^3$. Note: $\displaystyle \frac{d y^3}{dx} = \frac{d y^3}{dy} \cdot \frac{dy}{dx} = 3y^2 \frac{dy}{dx}$.

The derivative of $\displaystyle 3xy$ is $\displaystyle 3y + 3x \frac{dy}{dx}$. I used the product rule here.

So you end up with: $\displaystyle 4x y^3 + 6 x^2 y^2 \frac{dy}{dx} + 3y + 3x \frac{dy}{dx} = 0$.

Substitute x = 1 and y = -1: $\displaystyle -4 + \frac{dy}{dx} - 3 + 3 \frac{dy}{dx} = 0$.

Solve for $\displaystyle \frac{dy}{dx}$. That is your value of m.

8. I am very sorry, I though you asked if I knew just differentiation. This is my first year taking calculus and I never learned implicit differentiation.Its not in my textbook either, because I am done with calc and there are no questions like that.

Do I just go -4-1 -3-3

Do I just sub in -1/1 for dy/dx