Precalculus : Find the Slope of a Line Tangent to a Curve At a Given Point

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Precalculus

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Example Questions

Example Question #841 : Pre Calculus

Find the slope of the line  at the point .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

First find the slope of the tangent to the line by taking the derivative.

Using the Exponential Rule we get the following,

 

 .

Then plug 1 into the equation as 1 is the point to find the slope at. 

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Example Question #1 : Find The Slope Of A Line Tangent To A Curve At A Given Point

Find the slope of the following expression at the point 

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Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

One way of finding the slope at a given point is by finding the derivative. In this case, we can take the derivative of y with respect to x, and plug in the desired value for x.

Using the exponential rule we get the following derivative,

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Plugging in x=2 from the point 2,3 gives us the final slope,

Thus our slope at the specific point is .

Note that in this case, using the y coordinate was not necessary.

Example Question #1 : Find The Slope Of A Line Tangent To A Curve At A Given Point

Find the slope of the tangent line of the function at the given value

at

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Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the slope of the tangent line of the function at the given value, evaluate the first derivative for the given.

The first derivative is

and for this function

and

So the slope is

Example Question #844 : Pre Calculus

Find the slope of the tangent line of the function at the given value

at

.

 

 
Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the slope of the tangent line of the function at the given value, evaluate the first derivative for the given value.

The first derivative is

and for this function

and plugging in the specific x value we get,

So the slope is

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Example Question #2 : Find The Slope Of A Line Tangent To A Curve At A Given Point

Consider the function .  What is the slope of the line tangent to the graph at the point ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Calculate the derivative of  by using the derivative rules.  The derivative function determines the slope at any point of the original function.

The derivative is: 

With the given point .   Substitute this value to the derivative function to determine the slope at that point.

The slope of the tangent line that intersects point  is .

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