Posted by Ryan B. on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:48pm.
For what values of a and b is the line –2x+y=b tangent to the curve y=ax^3 when x=–2?
a= ?
b= ?
Thanks guys!

Caculus f'(x)  Brady, Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:54pm
First, you rewrite the equation as:
2∙2 + a∙2^3
Next, you solve some of it to get:
4 + a∙8
Finally, if you can't figure out what a and b are, you can do what I did above, and try figuring it out. I did not know how to solve to get a and b, but at least you have the things above to help. 
Calculus f'(x) (Misspelled Subject Name)  Brady, Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:01pm
Oh, and by the way, it is actually Calculus instead of Caculus for the subject name of your problem. I just noticed it.

Caculus f'(x)  Brady, Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:10pm
For a if it is 4, you will get the next equation of:
4 + 4∙8 = b
Finally, you solve, and you get:
36 as your answer for b.
So, a equals 4 and b equals 36.
Hint: you can always estimate values for a and then you solve, and whatever you get as your answer will be b. 
Caculus f'(x)  Steve, Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:58pm
y = ax^3
y' = 3ax^2
at x=2, y' = 12a
The line y=2x+b has slope 2, so
12a=2
a = 1/6
at x = 2, y = 8a = 4/3 so the line must go through (2,4/3)
So, the tangent line has slope 2 and goes through (2,4/3)
y = 2x+b
4/3 = 4 + b
b = 8/3
So, now we have
y = 2x  8/3
is tangent to
y = 1/6 x^3
at (2,4/3)
To confirm this, visit
http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=plot+y+%3D+1%2F6+x^3+and+y+%3D+2x%2B8%2F3+for+x+%3D+4+..+4 
Caculus f'(x)  typo  Steve, Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:59pm
typo near the end
y = 2x + 8/3