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given the function f(x)= x^3+3x find the rate of chnge between the two values x:1 to 2
find the equation of a secant line containing the given points (1,f(1) and (2,f(2))

f(1) = 4
f(2) = 14
rate of change = (144)/(21) = 10
the slope of the secant is 10, (see above)
equation is y = 10x + b
but (1,4) lies on it, so
4 = 10(1) + b
b = 6
secant equation: y = 10x  6
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