Let $a$ and $b$ be real numbers, where $a < b$, and let $A = (a,a^2)$ and $B = (b,b^2)$. The line $\overline{AB}$ (meaning the unique line that contains the point $A$ and the point $B$) has slope $2$. Find $a + b$.

bIueb3rry Aug 25, 2024

#1**+1 **

We can use the slope the equation and power of a point to solve this question. We have

\([ b^2 - a^2 ] / [ b - a ] = [ (b -a) (b + a) ] / (b -a) = b + a = 2 \)

So the answer is 2.

Thanks! :)

NotThatSmart Aug 25, 2024