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Math - point on the graph (check +help)

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Determine the coordinates of the point on the graph of f(x)=sqrt(2x+1) where the tangent line is perpendicular to the line 3x+y+4=0

I do not seem to get the answer... I find the first derivative of f(x0 and equate it to the value of the slope from the tangent line. the answer says it should be (4,3) but i do not even get the x-value correct.

  • Math - point on the graph (check +help) -

    my derivatiave is (1/2)(2x+1)^(-1/2)(2)
    = 1/√(2x+1) , that is the slope of the tangent.

    slope of 3x+y+4 = -3
    so the slope of the perpendicular is 1/3

    then 1/√(2x+1) = 1/3
    square both sides and crossmultiply
    2x+1 = 9
    x = 4

    sub x=4 into original to finish

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