Posted by **student** on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:12pm.

The point P(4, −2)lies on the curve y = 2/(3 − x).

(a) If Q is the point(x, 2/(3 − x)),use your calculator to find the slope mPQ of the secant line PQ (correct to six decimal places) for the following values of x.

1) 3.9 mPQ=

2) 3.99 mPQ=

3)3.999 mPQ=

4) 4.1 mPQ=

5) 4.01 mPQ=

im so confused! i just started this and my teacher really didnt explain it. can someone please break this down for me?

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**Reiny**, Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 10:42pm
I will do one of them, you do the others

3) x = 3.999

then y = 2/(3-3.999) = -2.00200200200...

then slope = (-2.002002002 - (-2))/(3.999-4)

= 2.0020020..

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**someone please help me with this!!!!**, Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 11:08pm
thank you for answering me. im just trying to figure this out. i understand how the part y= 2/(3-3.999) = -2.002002002

just your second line im trying to figure out. i can do the others once i just understand the steps. my teacher didnt go over this unfortunately.

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**someone please help me with this!!!!**, Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 11:37pm
nevermind i understand i took another look at it and its clear. thank you so much for getting back to me!!

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**Reiny**, Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 11:40pm
we now had two points

the original (4,-2) and

the new (3.999, -2.002002002)

(notice that these two points are practically on top of each other)

how do you find the slope between 2 point ?

if we had 2 points ( a,b) and (c,d) wouldn't it

be (d-b)/(c-a) or

you might have been taught

(y2 - y1)/(x2 - x1)

that's all I did.

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