# Differentiation questions (1 Viewer)

#### smithjohn

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a) Differentiate y=x^2+bx+c, and hence find b and c, given that the parabola is tangent to the x-axis at the point (5,0)

b) Differentiate y=x^2+bx+c, and hence find b and c, when x =3 the gradient is 5, and x=2 is a zero.

#### Drdusk

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a) Differentiate y=x^2+bx+c, and hence find b and c, given that the parabola is tangent to the x-axis at the point (5,0)

b) Differentiate y=x^2+bx+c, and hence find b and c, when x =3 the gradient is 5, and x=2 is a zero.

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#### TheShy

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How can you be sure that the gradient at the x-axis is always 0? Like if it cuts the x axis twice, then wouldn't it have a non-zero gradient?

#### Drdusk

##### π
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How can you be sure that the gradient at the x-axis is always 0? Like if it cuts the x axis twice, then wouldn't it have a non-zero gradient?
Because the parabola is a tangent at that point. A parabola can only ever be a tangent to the x axis if it has it's vertex at a point on the x axis. It can never touch it twice in that case because it's an increasing function only.

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#### TheShy

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Because the parabola is a tangent at that point. A parabola can only ever be a tangent to the x axis if it has it's vertex at a point on the x axis. It can never touch it twice in that case because it's an increasing function only.
Ah mb, didn't read that the parabola was a tangent to the x-axis

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#### smithjohn

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so for part b)

y'(x) = 2x+b

when x = 3, the gradient is 5

So

5=2(3)+b
5=6 +b
-1=b

Sub x=3 and b = -1 into y=x^2+bx+c
y=(3)^2+(-1)(3)+c
y=6+c
Then the second part

y'(x) = 2x+b

when x = 2, the gradient is 0

So

0=2(2)+b
0=4 +b
-4=b

Sub x=2 and b = -4into y=x^2+bx+c
y=(2)^2+(-4)(2)+c
y=-4+c

But if you equate both equation the c cancels out, what am I doing wrong?

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#### TheShy

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Im pretty sure when it says that x=2 is a zero, it means that its an intercept, such that when x=2, y=0.

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#### smithjohn

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Im pretty sure when it says that x=2 is a zero, it means that its an intercept, such that when x=2, y=0.
Thanks

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