# The area of the triangle enclosed by the axes and the tangent to the curve y = 1/ x , at any point on the parabola is

1,891 Now use the formula $$y-y_o=m(x-x_o)$$ $$y-y_o=\frac{-1}{x_o^2}(x-x_o)$$ $$y-\frac{1}{x_o}=\frac{-1}{x_o^2}(x-x_o)$$ $$0-\frac{1}{x_o}=\frac{-1}{x_o^2}(x-x_o)$$ Now multiply both sides of the equation with $x_o^2$ $$x_o^2\left(-\frac{1}{x_o}\right)=\frac{-1}{x_o^2}(x-x_o)\cdot x_o^2$$ $$-x_o=-1(x-x_o)$$ $$2x_o=x$$ This is value of $x$ intercept and in the similar way find the value of $y$ intercept. $$y-y_o=m(x-x_o)$$ $$y-y_o=\frac{-1}{x_o^2}(x-x_o)$$ $$y-\frac{1}{x_o}=\frac{-1}{x_o^2}(x-x_o)$$ $$y-\frac{1}{x_o}=\frac{-1}{x_o^2}(0-x_o)$$ $$y-\frac{1}{x_o}=\frac{x_o}{x_o^2}$$ $$y-\frac{1}{x_o}=\frac{1}{x_o}$$ $$y=\frac{2}{x_o}$$

Now use then use the formula $\dfrac12\cdot$base $\cdot$height

$$=\frac12\cdot 2x_o\cdot \frac{2}{x_o}=2$$

So, the area of the triangle enclosed by the axes and the tangent to the parabola $y=\dfrac1x$ at any point on the parabola is $2$ sq.units

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### nash

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Updated on August 20, 2022

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