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The line y= 3x-p+1 is a tangent to the parabola y= x^{2}

Evaluate p

Thank you

Ashreeta Oct 24, 2017

#2**+2 **

The slope at any point on the parabola = 2x

The slope of the line is 3

So.....equating slopes, we have that 2x = 3 ⇒ x = 3/2

So....at x = 3/2, x^2 = 9/4 = y

So.......to find p we have

9/4 = 3(3/2) - p + 1

9/4 = 9/2 + 1 - p

9/4 = 22/4 - p

p = 13/ 4

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CPhill Oct 24, 2017