Calculus

At what point does the normal to
y=-5-1x+3x^2 at (1, -3 ) intersect the parabola a second time?

Answer:
Note: You should enter a cartesian coordinate.

The normal line is perpendicular to the tangent line. If two lines are perpendicular their slopes are negative reciprocals -- i.e. if the slope of the first line is m then the slope of the second line is - 1/m

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  1. y = 3x^2 - x - 5
    y' = 6x-1

    So, at (1,-3), the slope of the normal is -1/5, and the line there is

    y+3 = -1/5 (x-1)
    y = -1/5 x - 14/5

    So, where does the line intersect the parabola?

    -1/5 x - 14/5 = 3x^2-x-5
    -x-14 = 15x^2-5x-25
    15x^2-4x-11 = 0
    (15x+11)(x-1) = 0
    So, the line intersects at x=1 and x = -11/15

    Now you just need y at x = -11/15

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