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 June 20th, 2016, 09:24 AM #1 Newbie   Joined: Jun 2016 From: sri lanka Posts: 3 Thanks: 0 geometrical problem to solve using differential equation.. How to get the equation for this using differential equations... Find the curve in which the portion of the tangent included between the coordinate axes is bisected at the point of contact.... Last edited by skipjack; June 20th, 2016 at 09:29 AM. June 21st, 2016, 04:28 AM #2 Math Team   Joined: Jan 2015 From: Alabama Posts: 3,264 Thanks: 902 Have you not even started? Call the function y(x). The tangent line to the graph y= y(x) at point $\displaystyle (x_0, y_0)$ is $\displaystyle y= y'(x_0)(x- x_0)+ y_0$. When x= 0, $\displaystyle y= y'(x_0)(0- x_0)+ y_0= y_0- x_0y'(x_0)$ so the tangent line will intersect the y-axis at $\displaystyle (0, y_0- x_0y'(x_0))$. When y= 0, $\displaystyle 0= y'(x_0)(x- x_0)+ y_0$, $\displaystyle y'(x_0)(x- x_0)= -y_0$, $\displaystyle x- x_0= -\frac{y_0}{y'(x_0)}$, and $\displaystyle x= x_0- \frac{y_0}{y'(x_0)}$. So the tangent line intersects the x-axis at $\displaystyle \left(x_0- \frac{y_0}{y'(x_0)}, 0\right)$. The point mid-way between the two intersections is $\displaystyle \left(\frac{x_0}{2}- \frac{y_0}{2y'(x_0)}, \frac{y_0}{2}- \frac{x_0y'(x_0)}{2}\right)$. We are told that the point of tangency, $\displaystyle (x_0, y_0)$ is that midpoint so we must have $\displaystyle x_0= \frac{x_0}{2}- \frac{y_0}{2y'(x_0)}$ or $\displaystyle x_0= -\frac{y_0}{y'(x_0)}$ and $\displaystyle y_0= \frac{y_0}{2}- \frac{y'(x_0)}{2}$ or $\displaystyle y_0= y'(x_0)$. Since that is to be true at any point of tangency, we must have $\displaystyle x= -\frac{y}{y'(x)}$ or $\displaystyle xy'(x)= -y$ and $\displaystyle y= y'(x)$. Tags differential, equation, geomatrical, geometrical, problem, solve Thread Tools Show Printable Version Email this Page Display Modes Linear Mode Switch to Hybrid Mode Switch to Threaded Mode Similar Threads Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post DanFa1996 Calculus 1 December 7th, 2015 11:32 AM Pcoppus Advanced Statistics 1 September 13th, 2015 10:57 AM esc30 Differential Equations 2 November 2nd, 2013 04:55 AM gen_shao Differential Equations 4 September 23rd, 2013 04:52 AM sivela Differential Equations 3 February 5th, 2012 09:02 PM

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