 # Tangents and Normals

• The equation of the tangent at (x0, y0) to the curve y = f(x) is given by
y-y_0=\frac{dy}{dx}]_{x-x_0}\ (x-x_0)
• If \frac{dy}{dx} does not exist at the point (x0, y0), then the tangent at this point is parallel to the y-axis and its equation is x = x0.
• If tangent to a curve y = f(x) at x = x0 is parallel to x-axis, then \frac{dy}{dx}]_{x=x_0}=0.
• Equation of the normal to the curve y = f(x) at a point (x0, y0) is given by
y-y_0=\frac{-1}{\frac{dy}{dx}]_{(x_0,y_0)}}(x-x_0)
• If \frac{dy}{dx} at the point (x0, y0) is zero, then equation of the normal is x = x0.
• If \frac{dy}{dx} at the point (x0, y0) does not exist, then the normal is parallel to x-axis and its equation is y = y0.

Tangents and Normals - Tips

• Slope of tangent to the curve y = f(x) at P(x1, y1) is m = f'(x1) and equation of tangent is y  − y1 = m (x − x1)
• Slope of Normal to the curve y = f(x) at P(x1, y1) is \frac{-1}{m}=\frac{-1}{f'(x_1)} and equation of normal is y-y_1=\frac{-1}{m}(x-x_1)
• Length of tangent at P(x1, y1) is \begin{vmatrix}\frac{y_{1}\sqrt{1+m^{2}}}{m}\end{vmatrix}
• Length of sub tangent at P(x1, y1) is \begin{vmatrix}\frac{y_{1}}{m}\end{vmatrix}
• Length of Normal at P(x1, y1) is \begin{vmatrix}y_{1}\sqrt{1+m^{2}}\end{vmatrix}
• Length of sub normal at P(x1, y1) is |ypm|

Tricks on tangents and Normals:

• The tangent at any point of the curve x = at3, y = at4 divides abscissa of point of contact in the ratio 1 : 3.
• Point on the curve ay2 = x3, the normal at which makes equal intercepts on the axes is \left(\frac{4a}{9},\frac{8a}{27}\right)
• The condition y = mx + c is a tangent to the circle x2 + y2 = a2 is c2 = a2(1 + m2)
• The condition y = mx + c is a tangent to the parabola y2 = 4ax is c=\frac{a}{m}
• The condition y = mx + c is a tangent to the parabola x2 = 4ay is c = − a m2.
• The condition that the line y = mx + c is tangent to the ellipse \frac{x^{2}}{a^{2}}+\frac{y^{2}}{b^{2}}=1 is c2 = a2m2 + b2.
• The condition that the line y = mx + c is tangent to the hyperbola \frac{x^{2}}{a^{2}}-\frac{y^{2}}{b^{2}}=1 is c2 = a2m2 − b2.
• The curves y2 = 4ax and x2 = 4ay intersect at (0, 0), (4a, 4a). At (0, 0) the curves are orthogonal and (4a, 4a) the angle between the curves is \tan^{-1}\left(\frac{3}{4}\right)
• If the curves xy = c2, y2 = 4ax cut each other orthogonally then c4 = 32 a4.
• The condition the two curves x = y2, xy = k cut at right angles iff 8k2 = 1.
• Angle between the curves y2 = 4ax and x2 = 4by at their point of intersection is \theta=\tan^{-1}\left(\frac{3a^{1/3}b^{1/3}}{2(a^{2/3}+b^{2/3})}\right)
• If the curves a1x2 + b1y2 = 1, a2x2 + b2y2 = 1 cut each other orthogonally, then \frac{1}{a_{1}}-\frac{1}{a_{2}}=\frac{1}{b_{1}}-\frac{1}{b_{2}}
• The area of the triangle formed by the tangent and normal at p(x1, y1) and x-axis is \frac{y_1^2(1+m^{2})}{2|m|} sq.units.
• The area of the triangle formed by the tangent and normal at p(x1, y1) and y-axis is \frac{x_1^2(1+m^{2})}{2|m|} sq.units.
• The area of the triangle formed by the tangent at p(x1, y1) to the curve with coordinate axes is \frac{(y_1-mx_1)^{2}}{2|m|}
• The area of the triangle formed by the normal at p(x1, y1) to the curve with coordinate axes is \frac{(x_1+my_1)^{2}}{2|m|}

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1. Equation of the tangent to the curve at P is Y-y=\frac{dy}{dx}(X-x)

2. The equation of normal at (x, y) to the curve is Y-y=-\frac{dx}{dy}(X-x)

3. Slope of Tangent:

(i) If the tangent at P is perpendicular to x-axis or parallel to y-axis, then \theta=\frac{\pi}{2} ⇒ tan θ = ∞ ⇒ \left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)_{P}=\infty.

(ii) If the tangent at P is perpendicular to y-axis or parallel to x-axis, then θ = 0 ⇒ tan θ = 0 ⇒ \left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)_{P}=0.

4. Slope of Normal:

(i) Slope of the normal at P=\frac{-1}{Slope \ of \ the \ tangent \ at \ P}

=\frac{-1}{\left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)_{P}}=-\left(\frac{dx}{dy}\right)_{P}

(ii) If \left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)_{P}=0, then normal at (x, y) is parallel to y-axis and perpendicular to x-axis.

(iii) If \left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)_{P}=\infty, then normal at (x, y) is parallel to x-axis and perpendicular to y-axis.

5. Length of Tangent and Normal:

(i) Length of tangent, y \ cosec \ \theta=\frac{y\sqrt{1+\left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)^{2}}}{\left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)}

(ii) Length of normal, y \sec \ \theta=y{\sqrt{1+\left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)^{2}}}

(iii) Length of sub tangent, y \cot \ \theta=\frac{y}{{\left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)}}

(iv) Length of sub normal, y \tan \ \theta={y}{{\left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)}} 