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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- From: Indonesia
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One of the tangent line equation of the circle

at the point whose absis is -1 is ....A. 2x - 3y - 7 = 0

B. 2x - 3y + 7 = 0

C. 2x + 3y - 5 = 0

D. 2x - 3y - 5 = 0

E. 2x - 3y + 5 = 0

By substituting x = -1, I got:

(y + 1) (y + 7) = 0

y = -1 or y = -7

Then what?

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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The easy way is to substitute x = -1 and y = firstly -1 and then -7, into the five possible answers to see which fits.

If you didn't have multi choice you could get the gradient of the radius to one point (m), then the gradient of the tangent is -1/m so you can build the equation of the tangent.

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- From: Indonesia
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Let's try... Judging by the circle's equation, the center is (-3, 4) thus the slope you asked is either

or and so the slope of the tangent is either or . Trying to substitute the first one I'll get:5(y + 1) = 2(x + 1)

5y + 5 = 2x + 2

5y - 2x + 3 = 0

For the second one:

11(y + 7) = 2(x + 1)

11y + 77 = 2x + 2

11y - 2x + 73 = 0

Huh? Where did I go wrong? Or did I misinterpret your hint?

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Took me a while to find it. Y = +1. Or +7

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- From: Indonesia
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Why is it y = 1 or y = 7 instead of y = -1 or y = -7? Doesn't (y + 1)(y + 7) = 0 mean y + 1 = 0 or y + 7 = 0?

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Back in post 1, when you put in x=1, you changed -8y to +8y. Apart from that the working is good.

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- From: Indonesia
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Oh! I see, why didn't I realize that...

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