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Homework Help: Weird calculus problem

  1. Jan 7, 2004 #1
    Which of the following is an equation of a curve that intersects at right angles every curve of the family y = 1/x + k where k takes all real values?
    a)y= -x b)y= -x^2 c)y= -x^3/3 d)y=x^3/3 e)y=ln x
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  3. Jan 7, 2004 #2


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    Are you sure that you don't mean
    [tex]y=\frac{1}{x} + k[/tex]

    then [tex]\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{-1}{x^2}[/tex]

    any suitable function would have the negative reciprocal slope, so

    and the answer is d.
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