Stanton D. answered • 9d

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Hi Seb R.,

So, the tangent line has a value = the first derivative of the given function: f ' = 3*(1/2)*(4x+1)^(-1/2)*4 = 6*(4x+1)^(-1/2) [check my chain rule math!]. Now, how can you assemble everything you have? Write the slope of the tangent line to an unknown x-coordinate, on the function curve. That might look like:

slope = .delta.y / .delta.x = 3*(4x+1)^(0.5) / (x+ 4.1) Rationale: .delta.y is from the tangent point down to the x-axis; .delta.x is the total x-separation from the tangent point back to the x-axis intercept.

that must equal the first derivative **at** the desired tangent point = 6*(4x+1)^(-1/2)

I'm hoping you have the algebra to solve that equality, it really isn't that hard?

-- Cheers, -- Mr. d.