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Question

(a) Differentiate \(f ( x ) = \frac { 12 } { x }\...

(a) Differentiate \(f ( x ) = \frac { 12 } { x }\) , and hence find \(f ^ { \prime } ( 2 )\) and \(f ^ { \prime } ( 6 )\)

(b) Hence find the tangent and normal to the curve at \(M ( 2,6 )\) and at \(N ( 6,2 )\) .

(c) Find the points on the curve where the tangent has gradient \(- 12\) . Sketch the situation.

Answer

\(\left. \begin{array} { l } { \text { 8(a) } f ^ { \prime } ( x ) = - \frac { 12 } { x ^ { 2 } } , f ^ { \prime } ( 2 ) = - 3 , f ^ { \prime } ( 6 ) = - \frac { 1 } { 3 } } \\ { \left. \begin{array} { l } { \text { (b) At } M ( 2,6 ) , \text { tangent: } y = - 3 x + 12 , \text { normal: } } \\ { x - 3 y + 16 = 0 . \text { At } N ( 6,2 ) , \text { tangent: } y = - \frac { 1 } { 3 } x + 4 } \\ { \text { normal: } y = 3 x - 16 . \quad \text { (c) } ( 1,12 ) \text { and } ( - 1 , - 12 ) } \end{array} \right. } \end{array} \right.\)

Solution
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