Posted by sylvia on Monday, December 1, 2008 at 3:34pm.
find an equation for a line that is normal to the graph y=e^x*x and goes through the origin.

calculus  Damon, Monday, December 1, 2008 at 4:54pm
do we mean y = x e^x ???
at x = 0, y = 0 so it goes through the origin
slope = dy/dx = x e^x  e^x
at x = 0 that is e^0 = 1
so our slope = 1/1 = 1
so our line is
y = 1 x + 0
or
y = x

calculus  Damon, Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:08pm
sure it is normal. slope = 1/slope of function at origin

calculus  Damon, Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:13pm
Maybe you did not follow the derivative? I used the product rule
d/dx(uv) = u dv/dx + v du/dx
here u = x
and v = e^x
so
du/dx = 1
dv/dx = e^x
so
df/dx = x e^x + 1 e^x
at zero that is one because e^0 is one
so our function slope at the origin is m = 1
normal slope = 1/m = 1/1 = 1
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