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The point P(2,-1) lies on the curve y=1/(1-x)

If Q is the point (x, 1/(1-x) find slope of secant line.

these are the points
2, -1
1.5,2
1.9,1.111111
1.99,1.010101
1.999,001001
2.5,0.666667
2.1,0.909091
2.01,0.990099
2.001,0.999001
using the results from the points guess the value of the slope of tangent line to the curve at P(2,-1)

then find equation

the slope answer was 1
would you set it up like this
(1/(1-2)+1)/(2-1) the answer comes to zero

then the equation was y=x-3
how?

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  1. Now that you have the slope and a point on the line, recall how you found the equation of a straight line , (the secant), from earlier grades

    in the form y = mx + b
    y = x + b , since m = 1
    plug in the point (2,-1)
    -1 = 2 + b
    b = -3

    so y = x - 3

    or

    y-(-1) = 1(x-2)
    y + 1 = x - 2
    y = x - 3

    or

    x - y - 3 = 0

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