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Let f(x) be the parabola -x^2+16x-16. find the point (x,y) on f such that tangent line to f at (x,y) passes through the origin.

My ans is (8,48). First i do f'x then i find x and lastly i find y. I do this because the max/min point is the point where tangent line pass through. Pls correct me if im wrong.

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    No, (8,48) is the max, so the tangent there is horizontal. It will not pass through the origin.

    f'(x) = -2x+16

    you want to find (h,k) where the line joining (0,0) and (h,k) has slope -2h+16

    k/h = -2h+16

    But, k = -h^2+16h-16, so
    -h^2+16h-16 = h(-2h+16)
    -h^2 + 16h - 16 = -2h^2 + 16h
    h^2 - 16 = 0
    h = 4,-4, so k = 32,-96
    The points are thus (-4,-96) and (4,32)

    f'(4) = 8 = 32/4
    f'(-4) = 24 = 96/4

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