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# Bonus 3

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MTH 252Final LabBonus 3
Justin DrawbertAugust 5, 2010
In our Final Lab Bonus question 3, we are asked to consider the triangle formed by the
x
-axis,
y
-axis, and the tangent line to the curve
y
=
12
x
at
x
=
a
. (image) We are then asked to ﬁndan expression for the area,
A
, of the triangle in terms of
a
and to determine what happens as
a
.We start by ﬁnding the derivative to our original function.
y
=12
x, y
=
12
x
2
We then use the following form to ﬁnd the equation for the line tangent to our curve at point
a
.
y
(
a
) =
(
a
)(
x
a
)By this we get our equation for our line
y
12
a
=
12
a
2
(
x
a
)
y
12
a
=
12
a
2
x
+12
ay
=
12
a
2
+1
a
So we now have our equation for our line. We can see that the triangle formed by the tangent lineis a right triangle so we know the equation for the area is simply12
b
·
h
Where
b
is the base, or in this case our
x
-intercept minus 0 and
h
is the height, or our
y
-interceptminus 0.We solve for our
x
-intercept by setting the equation of the line equal to 0 and then solving for
x
.0 =
12
a
2
x
+1
a
12
a
2
x
=1
ax
=1
a
·
2
a
2
x
= 2
a
We then ﬁnd our
y
-intercept by letting
x
= 0
y
=
12
a
2
(0) +1
a
=1
a
1

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