Tangent and Normal Formulas

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Tangent and Normal Formulae Sheet

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1. Geometrical interpretation of the derivative
If y = f(x) be a given function, then the differential coefficient f'(x) or $$\frac{d y}{d x}$$ at the point P (x1, y1) is the trigonometrical tangent of the angle ψ (say) which the positive direction of the tangent to the curve at P makes with the positive direction of x-axis $$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)$$, therefore represents the slope of the tangent.
f'(x) = $$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{\left(x_{1}, y_{1}\right)}$$ = tan ψ
(i) The inclination of tangent with x-axis = tan-1$$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)$$
(ii) Slope of tangent = $$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{\left(x_{1}, y_{1}\right)}$$
(iii) Slope of the normal = – $$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{\left(x_{1}, y_{1}\right)}$$ 2. Equation of tangent
Equation of tangent to the curve y = f(x) at P (x1, y1) is
y – y1 = $$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{\left(x_{1}, y_{1}\right)}$$(x – x1)

• The tangent at (x1, y1) is parallel to x-axis ⇒ $$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{\left(x_{1}, y_{1}\right)}$$ = 0
• The tangent at (x1, y1) is parallel to y-axis ⇒ $$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{\left(x_{1}, y_{1}\right)}$$ = ∞
• The tangent line makes equal angles with the axes ⇒ $$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{\left(x_{1}, y_{1}\right)}$$ = ±1

3. Length of intercepts made on axes by the tangent x-intercept = OA = x1 – $$\left\{\frac{y_{1}}{\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{\left(x_{1}, y_{1}\right)}}\right\}$$
y-intercept = OB = y1 – x1$$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{\left(x_{1}, y_{1}\right)}$$

4. Length of perpendicular from origin to the tangent
The length of perpendicular from origin (0, 0) to the tangent drawn at the point (x1, y1) of the curve y = f(x) is
p = $$\left|\frac{y_{1}-x_{1}\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)}{\sqrt{1+\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)^{2}}}\right|$$

5. Equation of Normal
The equation of normal at (x1, y1) to the curve y = f(x) is
(y – y1) = – $$\frac{1}{\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{\left(x_{1}, y_{1}\right)}}$$(x – x1)

6. Some facts about the normal
(i) The slope of the normal drawn at point P (x1, y1) to the curve y = f(x) is –$$\left(\frac{d x}{d y}\right)_{\left(x_{1}, y_{1}\right)}$$
(ii) If normal makes an angle of 0 with positive direction of x- axis then ⇒ $$\frac{d y}{d x}$$ = – cot θ
(iii) If normal is parallel to x-axis then ⇒ $$\frac{d y}{d x}$$ = ∞
(iv) If normal is parallel to y-axis then ⇒ $$\frac{d y}{d x}$$ = 0
(v) If normal is equally inclined from both the axes or cuts equal intercept then ⇒ $$\frac{d y}{d x}$$ = ± 1
(vi) The length of perpendicular from origin to normal is
p’ = $$\left|\frac{x_{1}+y_{1}\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)}{\sqrt{1+\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)^{2}}}\right|$$
(vii) The length of intercept made by normal on x-axis is x1 + y1$$\frac{d y}{d x}$$ and length of intercept on y-axis is y1 + x1$$\frac{d y}{d x}$$

7. Equation of tangent and normal in “Parametric form”
If x = f(t) and y = g(t) then equation of tangent is a'(t)
(y – g(t)) = $$\frac{g^{\prime}(t)}{f^{\prime}(t)}$$(x – f(t)) and equation of normal is
(y – g(t)) = $$-\frac{f^{\prime}(t)}{g^{\prime}(t)}$$(x – f(t))

8. Angle of intersection of two curves
If two curves y = f1(x) and y = f2(x) intersect at a point P, then the angle between their tangents at P is
tan Φ = ± $$\frac{(d y / d x)_{1}-(d y / d x)_{2}}{1+(d y / d x)_{1}(d y / d x)_{2}}$$
The other angle of intersection will be (180° – Φ).
If two curves intersect orthogonally i.e. at right angle then $$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{1} \cdot\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)_{2}$$ = 1

9. Length of Tangent, Normal, Subtangent and Sub normal • Length of Tangent = PQ = y cosec ψ = y$$\frac{\sqrt{1+(d y / d x)^{2}}}{(d y / d x)}$$
• Length of the Normal = PR = y sec ψ = y$$\sqrt{1+(d y / d x)^{2}}$$
• Length of Sub tangent = QM = y cot ψ = y /$$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)$$
• Length of Sub normal = MR = y tan ψ = y$$\left(\frac{d y}{d x}\right)$$

10. Point of inflexion
If at any point P, the curve is concave on one side and convex on other side with respect to x-axis, then the point P is called the point of inflexion. Thus P is a point of inflexion if at P,
$$\frac{d^{2} y}{d x^{2}}$$ = 0, but $$\frac{d^{3} y}{d x^{3}}$$ ≠ 0
Also point P is a point of inflexion if f”(x) = f”‘(x) = ……… = fn-1(x) = 0 and fn(x) ≠ 0 for odd n.