I have been given the equation

y = -x^2 - 3x + 4

The question is:

Determine the slop of the tangent to the curve at x = a.

The phrasing of the question is confusing and I'm lost on what is actually being asked and how to go about solving this question.

If I find the derivative of the equation, I still don't understand what point they're asking me to determine the slope at, because they have given no stationary points just an undefined "a".

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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- May 03, 2018 at 12:53pm

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