# For what values of a and b is the line 2x + y = b tangent to the parabola y = ax² when x = 2?

**Solution:**

Given the line 2x + y = b.

let us find the slope of the line

Step 1; Differentiate w.r.t ‘x’.

dy/dx = - 2 --------> (1)

Given parabola = y = ax²

Let us find the slope of parabola.

Step 2: Differentiate w.r.t ‘x’.

dy/ dx = d/dx (ax²)

dy/ dx = 2ax

At x = 2

dy/ dx = 4a --------> (2)

Step 3: Equate both the equations (1) and (2), we get

- 2 = 4a

a = -2/ 4 or - 1/ 2

Step 4: Substitute the values of a and x in the equation of parabola to get y.

y = (-1/ 2) (2)²

y = - 2

Step 6: Substitute the values of a, x and y in the equation of line.

2x + y = b

2(2) + - 2 = b

b = 2

Thus for a = -1/2 and b = 2 the line 2x + y = b is a tangent to the parabola y = ax²

## For what values of a and b is the line 2x + y = b tangent to the parabola y = ax² when x = 2?

**Summary: **

The line 2x + y = b tangent to the parabola y = ax² when x = 2 has values of a and b are -1/ 2 and 2 respectively.

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