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    Applications of Differentiation involving e to power of x

    Find the equation of the tangent to the curve y = e to the power x at the point where x = a. Hence find the equation to the tangent to the curve y = e to the power x which passes through the origin. The straight line y = mx intersects the curve y = e to the power x in two distinct points. Write down an inequality for m.
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    Hi

    The equation of the tangent of the curve representing f at abscissa a is
    y = f'(a)(x-a)+f(a)

    When f(x) = e^x you get y = e^a x + e^a(1-a)

    It passes through the origin when e^a(1-a) = 0 which gives a = 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by puggie View Post
    Find the equation of the tangent to the curve y = e to the power x at the point where x = a. Hence find the equation to the tangent to the curve y = e to the power x which passes through the origin. The straight line y = mx intersects the curve y = e to the power x in two distinct points. Write down an inequality for m.

    the curve y=e^x dose not pass through the origin how you can find the tangent line of it at (0,0)

    e^x=0 you can't find a value of x which make that equation true

    the tangent for y=e^x at x=a first find
    y when x=a you will have

    y=e^a

    now derive y y'=e^x sub a in it you will get the slope which equal e^a finally the tangent line of y is

    y-e^a=e^a(x-a)

    then
    y=e^x can't intersect y=mx in tow points y=mx pass through the origin but y=e^x dose not pass through it

    it is clear or not ........
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