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The figure shows the graph $f(x)=-2x^2+4x+6$ along with the tangent line at the point $(x,y)$

The given point has a nice property: the slope fo the tangent line is equal to the y-value at that point. Find the x-coordinate.

So the slope of the tangent line is the derivative which in this case would be $-4x+4$

This derivative is equal to the y-value at that point. So i will set the two equations equal to each other. .




$x=2\pm\sqrt{5}$ Reject the negative so it is $2+\sqrt{5}$

Is this correct?

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    $\begingroup$ It looks good to me. $\endgroup$ – José Carlos Santos Jun 1 at 11:13
  • $\begingroup$ Note that the negative value of $x$ is the $x$ coordinate of a point where the $y$ coordinate of the graph and the slope of the graph are equal and positive, unlike the point shown in the figure where the $y$ coordinate is negative. In other words, there are two solutions to the words describing the problem, and you found both of them, but only one matches the picture. $\endgroup$ – David K Jun 1 at 11:37

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