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#1 2021-06-10 17:35:30

nycmathguy
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Registered: 2021-06-02
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Slope of the Secant Line

Given  f (x) = x^2 − 1, find the slope of the secant line containing the points
P = (−1, f (−1)) and Q = (−1 + h, f (−1 + h)).

Solution:

By carefully looking at this problem, I think the first step is to
evaluate f(-1) and f(-1 + h). Is the second step to find f ' (x)?

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#2 2021-06-11 01:12:37

Bob
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Re: Slope of the Secant Line

Yes.  This is just like the question I have just done with y = x^3.

B

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#3 2021-06-11 09:18:45

nycmathguy
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Re: Slope of the Secant Line

Bob wrote:

Yes.  This is just like the question I have just done with y = x^3.

B

I will also play with this question some more on my days off.

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