# Past Papers’ Solutions | Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) | AS & A level | Mathematics 9709 | Pure Mathematics 1 (P1-9709/01) | Year 2011 | Oct-Nov | (P1-9709/12) | Q#7

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Question

A curve is such that . The line is the normal to the curve at the point on the curve. Given that the x-coordinate of is positive, find

i.       the coordinates of P,

ii.       the equation of the curve.

Solution

i.

We are given that equation of the line is; We can rearrange the equation of the line as;     Slope-Intercept form of the equation of the line; Where is the slope of the line.

Therefore, slope of the given line, by comparing both equations, is; If a line is normal to the curve , then product of their slopes and at that point (where line is normal to the curve) is;   Since, we are given that line is normal to the curve at point , slope of the curve at point is;    Gradient (slope) of the curve is the derivative of equation of the curve. Hence gradient of curve with respect to is: Hence, for the given curve;            We are given that the x-coordinate of is positive, therefore; Corresponding values of y coordinate can be found by substituting values of x in any of the two equation i.e either equation of the line or equation of the curve.

We choose equation of the line; Substitution of ;     Hence coordinates of point .

ii.

We can find equation of the curve from its derivative through integration;  We are given that; Therefore; Rule for integration of is:    Rule for integration of is: Rule for integration of is:       If a point lies on the curve , we can find out value of . We substitute values of and in the equation obtained from integration of the derivative of the curve i.e. .

From (i), we have the coordinates of point on the curve. Hence;     Therefore, equation of the curve is; 