I have missed something in relation to finding the line of tangency with the curve. I thought the line of tangency should touch the point of interest but NOT intersect when we are finding the instantaneous rate of change of that point of interest.
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I'm trying to attain the function of the tangent line to a curve at a given point for finding the instantaneous rate of change. I know both functions of the curve and the tangent line will have the common x value. Therefore when I find the derivative I will plug the x value (x value of the point of interest) in the derivative and say "h" or "delta x" is approaching zero. Then I will solve leaving me with the y value of the tangent line. Therefore, that y value over the x value will be the rate of change. I believe I have the right idea here and if I don't please correct me.
However, I'm finding different functions of the derivative. This is where I would post some pics but I can't. So I'll type them below. Also every function below that I found does not touch the curve. I thought the tangent line will touch the curve but none of them do. I started plugging stuff into my graphing simulator and found that 7x will create a line that touches the curve but NOT at the point (1,8).
THE FUNCTION OF THE CURVE IS:
f(x) = 6x^2 + 2
and the point of interest is (1,8)
BY USING THE POWER RULE I FOUND THE FOLLOWING DERIVATIVE:
f'(x) = 12x
BY USING THE FORMULA OF THE LIMIT I FOUND THE FOLLOWING DERIVATIVE:
f'(x) = 12x + 6h
BY USING THE PRECEDING DERIVATIVE AND SAYING AS "h" APPROACHES 0 I FOUND THE FOLLOWING:
f'(x) = 12x
BY USING THE SAME DERIVATIVE 12x + 6h AND SAYING AS "x" APPROACHES 0 I FOUND THE FOLLOWING:
f'(x) = 6x
None of the above functions create a line that will touch the curve at the point of interest which might I add is (1,8). After plugging and playing around I found that the function 7x will in fact touch the curve but NOT at the point of interest.Therefore, what am I confusing for the derivative and what do the other functions I found mean? Also where is the actual tangent line that touches the curve at the point (1,8)?