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Mejiera
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Homework Statement
is it possible to have a tangent line in a cubed function
Doesn't matter. The tangent line is just a line that touches a curve at a point (a, f(a)) and whose slope is f'(a). The fact that the tangent line happens to intersect the graph of the function somewhere else is immaterial. Pretty much every odd-degree polynomial will have a tangent line that intersectst the curve somewhere else.Mejiera said:but the tangent line touches a cubed function twice so I am sure if it could really be called a tangent line
A tangent line is a line that touches a curve at one point and has the same slope as the curve at that point.
To find the tangent line of a cubed function, you can use the derivative of the function. The derivative will give you the slope of the tangent line at any given point on the function. You can then use the point-slope formula to find the equation of the tangent line.
Exploring tangent lines in cubed functions helps us understand the behavior of the function and its relationship to its derivative. It also allows us to find the maximum and minimum points of the function, which can be useful in applications such as optimization problems.
Yes, a cubed function can have more than one tangent line. This is because the slope of the function can change at different points, resulting in multiple tangent lines with different slopes.
You can graph a cubed function and its tangent line by plotting the points of the function and then using the slope and point to graph the tangent line. You can also use a graphing calculator or computer software to graph the function and its tangent line automatically.