Past Papers’ Solutions  Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)  AS & A level  Mathematics 9709  Pure Mathematics 1 (P19709/01)  Year 2016  MayJun  (P19709/11)  Q#8
Question
A curve has equation and passes through the points A(1,1) and B(4,11). At each of the points C and D on the curve, the tangent is parallel to AB. Find the equation of the perpendicular bisector of CD.
Solution
We are required to find the equation of perpendicular bisector of CD.
To find the equation of the line either we need coordinates of the two points on the line (TwoPoint form of Equation of Line) or coordinates of one point on the line and slope of the line (Point Slope form of Equation of Line).
Let us first find the coordinates of a point on perpendicular bisector of CD.
It is evident that midpoint of CD is a point on the perpendicular bisector of CD.
To find the midpoint of a line we must have the coordinates of the endpoints of the line.
Expressions for coordinates of midpoint of a line joining points and;
xcoordinate of midpoint of the line
ycoordinate of midpoint of the line
Therefore, to find coordinates of we need coordinates of both points C and D.
We know that at each of the points C and D on the curve, there is a tangent.
We are given that this tangent is parallel to AB.
If two lines are parallel to each other, then their slopes and are equal;
Therefore;
Therefore, if we have slope of AB we can find slope of tangent to the curve.
Let find slope of AB.
Expression for slope of a line joining points and ;
Therefore, slope of AB with coordinates of A(1,1) and B(4,11);
Hence;
The slope of a curve at a particular point is equal to the slope of the tangent to the curve at the same point;
It is evident that slope of the tangent to the curve can be utilized to find slope of curve at that point where tangent meets the curve.
Therefore, will be slope of curve at two points where the same tangent meets the curve.
Now we find the coordinates of the point(s) on the curve where slope (gradient) of the curve is .
Gradient (slope) of the curve at the particular point is the derivative of equation of the curve at that particular point.
We first need to find the derivative of the equation of the curve in order to find coordinates of point(s) on the curve where slope of the curve is given.
We are given equation of the curve as;
Gradient (slope) of the curve is the derivative of equation of the curve. Hence gradient of curve with respect to is:
Rule for differentiation of is:
Rule for differentiation of is:
This equation gives the gradient of the curve at any point on the curve.
If we have gradient of the curve at any point, we can use this equation to find the coordinates of that point on the curve.
We have slope of the curve at two distinct point on the curve; it is the same as the slope of tangent to curve at those two points.
To find the coordinates of those points on the curve, we can equate the two equations of slope of the curve;
Two values of x indicate that there are two intersection points of tangent and the curve.
These are xcoordinates of points C and D where tangent meets the curve.
With xcoordinate of point of intersection of two lines (or line and the curve) at hand, we can find the ycoordinate of the point of intersection of two lines (or line and the curve) by substituting value of xcoordinate of the point of intersection in any of the two equations.
We have only equation of the curve;
Now we have two options.
For 
For 






Hence, two points where tangent and the curve meet have coordinates and i.e. points C and D.
As discussed earlier, we needed coordinates of points C and D to find the coordinates of midpoint of CD; namely poin M.
xcoordinate of midpoint of the line
ycoordinate of midpoint of the line
Hence, coordinates of a point on the perpendicular bisector of CD are .
In order to write equation of the perpendicular bisector of CD, we need slope of the perpendicular bisector of CD.
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;
Therefore, if we have slope of CD we can find slope of the perpendicular bisector of CD.
Let us find slope of CD.
Expression for slope of a line joining points and ;
With coordinates of points C and D at hand; and we can find slope of CD.
Therefore;
Finally, with coordinates of a point on perpendicular bisector of CD and slope of perpendicular bisector of CD at hand, we can write equation of perpendicular bisector of CD.
PointSlope form of the equation of the line is;
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