`f(x) = k - x^2, y = -6x + 1` Find k such that the line is tangent to the graph of the function.

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kalau eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The tangent line will touch a point on the function f(x). 

Set both equations equal to each other.

`k-x^2= -6x+1`

With two unknown variables, we will need another relationship of x and k.

Take the derivative of f(x) and set the derivative function equal to the slope of the tangent line equation.  The slope of the tangent line is negative 6.


`-6 = -2x`


We can find k by substituting back the value of x into the first equation.

`k-(3)^2= -6(3)+1`

`k-9 = -18+1`