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Grade: 11

                        

find the angle between the tangents drawn from the point (4,0) to the parabola y^2+4x=0

2 years ago

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kkbisht
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We know that a line y=mx+c is  tangent to the standard parabola  y2=4ax if c=a/m therefore the line y=mx+a/m is always a tangent to the parabola y2=4ax. Here the equation of parabola is given as y2= -4x where a= -1. Hence the equation of tangent to this parabola is y=mx-1/m and it is given that  this tangent passes through the point (4,0) therefore 0=4m-1/m  => 4m2=1 =. m2=1/4=> m=+-½ .Therefore the two tangents can be drawn to the parabola from the point (4,0)   with slopes m1=-1/2 amd m2=1/2
Therefore the angle \theta  b/w them is  tan \theta(m1-m2)/(1+m1m2)=1/2-(-1/2)/(1-1/2.1/2)  = 1/3/4 =4/3  => \theta\tan^{-1}(4/3)
 
kkbisht
 
2 years ago
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