For what value of b is the line y = 10x tangent to the curve y = e^bx at some point in the xy-plane?

1. 10/e

2. 10

3. 10e

4. e^10

5. e

The answer was 1.

I tried finding where the two eqns intersect.

I also tried taking the derivative of y = e^bx and setting that = 10

How should I approach this problem? I am finding it difficult to simplify 10/e when working backwords from the answer.

Thank you very much in advance.

## 0568 Question 23

### Re: 0568 Question 23

I didn t understand, Please try explaining one more time no?

### Re: 0568 Question 23

At the point where line is tangent to curve, 10x = e^bx ------ (1)

at that point, dy/dx = b e^bx = 10 -------- (2)

from (1) put value of e^bx in (2)

so, b 10x = 10 ==> bx =1

put this in (1), so b = 10/e

at that point, dy/dx = b e^bx = 10 -------- (2)

from (1) put value of e^bx in (2)

so, b 10x = 10 ==> bx =1

put this in (1), so b = 10/e

### Re: 0568 Question 23

Hi. I have a way that hopefully clears things up.

First, we set (i) 10x=e^bx because this is the point at which the two lines, y=10x and y=e^bx, will intersect in the xy-plane.

I solved for 10, and got (ii) 10=(e^bx)/x.

The derivative of y=e^bx is y'=be^bx. The derivative will equal 10 at a certain point, thus (iii)10=be^bx.

I set the two 10's equal to each other, thus (iv) (e^bx)/x=b(e^bx). If you solve for b on the right hand side, you get (v) b=1/x.

Plug (1/x) in for b in equation (i) and we find that x=e/10.

By subbing in e/10 for x in equation (v) it's clear that b=10/e.

First, we set (i) 10x=e^bx because this is the point at which the two lines, y=10x and y=e^bx, will intersect in the xy-plane.

I solved for 10, and got (ii) 10=(e^bx)/x.

The derivative of y=e^bx is y'=be^bx. The derivative will equal 10 at a certain point, thus (iii)10=be^bx.

I set the two 10's equal to each other, thus (iv) (e^bx)/x=b(e^bx). If you solve for b on the right hand side, you get (v) b=1/x.

Plug (1/x) in for b in equation (i) and we find that x=e/10.

By subbing in e/10 for x in equation (v) it's clear that b=10/e.