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how do you go about answering this?

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how do you go about answering this?

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For the second, you would need the slope of the tangent line. Now what must be done to obtain the slope of a graph of f(x) at the point say, x=x0 ? This can be done analytically without plotting the graph.

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dont no how to do either parts very new to this stuff

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For the 2nd part, consider a graph of y=f(x). The gradient of the graph at the point x=a would be [itex]y'(a)[/itex] The notation y' just means [tex]\frac{dy}{dx}[/tex]. Now the equation of a straight line is y=mx + c, where m and c is the gradient and the y-intercept to be determined. You can find the gradient of the graph f(x) at x=a by evaluating y'(a). To find c, just substitute in the coordinates of the point where you want to find the tangent line, as well as m, into the equation of the straight line and solve for c. That's how it's done.

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