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Find all points on the curve x^2y^2+xy=2 where the slope of tangent line is -1.

This is what I got.


x^2*2ydy/dx + 2x*y^2 + x*dy/dx + y =0

dy/dx(2yx^2+x)= -2xy^2-y

dy/dx = (-2xy^2-y)/(x+2yx^2)

how do I finish from here? I need to know where the slop of the tangent line equals -1.

  • calculus -

    You can insert dy/dx = -1 at this point:

    x^2*2ydy/dx + 2x*y^2 + x*dy/dx + y =0

    You then get an equation relating x and y. You also know that x and y are on te curve, so they satisfy the equation of the curve:

    x^2y^2+xy = 2

    So, you have two equations for the two unknowns x and y.

  • calculus -

    So I put -1 in for dy/dx and got this equation: -2x^2y+2xy-x+y=0. Then would I solve for either x or y and substitute back in to the original equation to get a value for x and y?

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  • calculus -

    I got this for y.



    2x^2-2x+x=1 (divide through by y)


    what do I from here? It doesn't factor evenly. I'm stuck!

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