Posted by **Ifi** on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 4:13am.

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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**Steve**, Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 6:04am
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)

Check:

f'(4) = 8 = 32/4

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

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