Reading on Calculas you can see that the slope of a tangent can have an exponet,but why? In Alegra and Trig we were always taught that slope was a fraction and x was never sqaured or cubed like in The Linear Eqaution Y=MX+B. In calculas DY can eqaul Xsqaured, Xcubed or to any degree. But how? if you wrote Y=4/3X(sqaured)+6 you wouldn't get a line but some sort of curved shape. So why is it the tagent of a curve can have X to an exponent in Calculas?