Calculus

The curve y = x/(1 + x^2) is called a serpentine. Find an equation of the tangent line to this curve at the point(2, 0.40).(Round the slope and y-intercept to two decimal places.)

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  1. use the quotient rule to get
    dy/dx = [(1+x^2)(1) - x(2x)]/(1+x^2)^2

    when x = 2,
    dy/dx = [ 5 - 8]/25 = -3/25

    equation of tangent:

    y - .40 = (-3/25)(x-2)
    25y - 10 = -3x + 6
    25y = -3x + 16
    y = (-3/25)x + 16/25
    or
    y = -.12x + .64 or 3x + 25y = 16

    (why would you round anything? The numbers are exact)

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  2. I guess whoever wrote this problem didn't test it out first.

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