# slope of Tangent line

#### MarkFL

##### Super Moderator
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Yes, we would have:

$$\displaystyle y(5)=2(5)^2=50$$

So, the point $$(5,50)$$ is on the parabola instead, and the tangent line would be:

$$\displaystyle y=20x-50$$

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#### Harry_the_cat

##### Senior Member
A typo in the question, I'd say.

#### HallsofIvy

##### Elite Member
Not necessarily a typo. The point (5, 25) is not on the parabola but there exist a line through (5, 25) that is tangent to the parabola at some other point. Any line through (5, 25) is of the form y= m(x- 5)+ 25 for some slope, m. That will be tangent to the parabola $$\displaystyle y= 2x^2$$ where $$\displaystyle 4x= m$$ and $$\displaystyle m(x- 5)+ 25= 2x^2$$. So we have two equations to solve for m and x.

Since 4x= m, $$\displaystyle 4x(x- 5)+ 25= 4x^2- 20x+ 25= 4x^2$$. That is, 20x= 25 so x= 5/4. Then m= 4x= 4(5/4)= 5. The line y= 4(x- 5)+ 25= 4x+ 5 passes through the point (5 25) and is tangent to the parabola $$\displaystyle y= 2x^2$$ at $$\displaystyle \left(\frac{5}{4}, \frac{25}{8}\right)$$.

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