Past Papers’ Solutions | Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) | AS & A level | Mathematics 9709 | Pure Mathematics 1 (P1-9709/01) | Year 2020 | Feb-Mar | (P1-9709/12) | Q#4

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A curve has equation y = x2 2x 3. A point is moving along the curve in such a  way that at P the y-coordinate is increasing at 4 units per second and the x- coordinate is increasing at 6 units per second. 

Find the x-coordinate of P.


We are required to find values of x at the points for which;

Rate of change of with respect to  is;

We know that;


Gradient (slope) of the curve is the derivative of equation of the curve. Hence  gradient of curve with respect to  is:


We are given that;


Rule for differentiation of  is:

Rule for differentiation of  is:

Rule for differentiation of  is:

We can equate both gradients of the curve;