Posted by Yoona on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 12:09am.
5. Let f be the function given by f(x) = x3 7x + 6.
a. Find the zeros of f
b. Write an equation of the line tangent to the graph of f at x = 1
c. Find the x coordinate of the point where the tangent line is parallel to the secant line on the interval [1, 3].

calculus  Damon, Monday, November 7, 2011 at 1:48am
Well, first off, if x=1 we have a zero.
So divide by (x1) and get
x^2+x6
factor that
(x2)(x+3)
so the zeros are at x = 1, 2, 3
At x  1
y = 1 + 7 + 6 = 12
y' = 3 x^2  7 which is 4 at x = 1
so this line goes through (1,12) and has slope m = 4
You can do the rest
at x = 1, y = 0
at x = 3, y = 2721+6 = 12
line slope m = 12/2 = 6
where is slope of tangent line = 6?
3x^2 7 = 6
3 x^2 = 13
x^2 = 13/3
x = sqrt (13/3)
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