Posted by Yoona on .
5. Let for and f(x)=12X^2 for x>=0 and f(x)>=0
a. The line tangent to the graph of f at the point (k, f(k)) intercepts the xaxis at x = 4. What is the value of k?
b. An isosceles triangle whose base is the interval from (0, 0) to (c, 0) has its vertex on the graph of f. For what value of c does the triangle have a maximum area? Justify your answer.

calculus 
Reiny,
dy/dx = 24x
at (k, 12k^2)
dy/dx = 24k
equation of tangent:
y  12k^2 = 24k(xk)
but the point (4,0) is on this line
012k^2 = 24k(4k)
12k^2 = 96k  24k^2
12k^2  96k = 0
k(k8) = 0
k = 0 or k = 8
at k=0, the tangent would be the xaxis itself, which does pass through the point (4,0)
More than likely they want k=8
check:
if k=8 , the point on the curve is (8, 768)
slope of tangent is 96
tangent equation at (8,768) is
y  768 = 96(x8)
for xintercept, let y = 0
768 = 96x  768
0 = 96x
x = 0 
2nd part  calculus 
Reiny,
If the base is form (0,0) to (c,0) and the vertex of the isosceles triangle lies on y = 12x^2, then the altitude must rightbisect the base
So if we let the vertex be (a,12a^2) then the base will be on (0,0 and (2a,0)
Area = (1/2)(2a)(12a^2) = 12a^3
As a gets larger, 12a^3 gets larger and there is no maximum area.