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Calculus: Early Transcendentals

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

(a) If $ Q $ is the point $ (x, 1/(1-x)) $, use your calculator to find the slope of the secant line $ PQ $ (correct to six decimal places) for the following values of $ x $:

(i) $ 1.5 $ (ii) $ 1.9 $ (iii) $ 1.99 $ (iv) $ 1.999 $

(v) $ 2.5 $ (vi) $ 2.1 $ (vii) $ 2.01 $ (viii) $ 2.001 $

(b) Using the results of part (a), guess the value of the slope of the tangent line to the curve at $ P(2, -1) $.

(c) Using the slope from part (b), find an equation of the tangent line to the curve at $ P(2, -1) $.