Posted by **krishna** on Friday, October 14, 2011 at 1:54pm.

if the line 3x-4y=0 is tangent in the first quadrant to the curve y=x^3+k, find k.

all i know is that its related to finding a derivative and i m basically completely lost....can please someone provide me some help?????

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**Steve**, Friday, October 14, 2011 at 2:12pm
the derivative gives the slope of the tangent line to the curve, at any point (x,y)

The line 3x-4y=0 has slope= 3/4

At any point on the curve (x,x^3 + k) the slope of the tangent line is 3x^2

So, you want to find x where 3x^2 = 3/4

x = 1/2

so, now you have y = 1/2^3 + k = 1/8 + k

What point on the line has y = 1/8 + k?

3* 1/2 - 4(1/8 + k) = 0

3/2 - 1/2 - 4k = 0

4k = 1

**k** = 1/4

So, y = x^3 + 1/4

At x = 1/2, y = 1/8 + 1/4 = 3/8

Note that at the point (1/2 , 3/8) 3x-4y = 0

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**Steve**, Friday, October 14, 2011 at 3:06pm
Note on missing answer.

x can also be -1/2 if 3x^2 = 3/4

In that case, k = -1/4

and the point of tangency is (-1/2 , -3/8)

Note also, that if the line had been 3x-4y=1, the same line would have touched the curve at both points, with k=0.

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**krishna**, Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 10:09am
thanks so much!

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**Anonymous**, Friday, November 4, 2016 at 1:24pm
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