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Problem 82 Hard Difficulty

A tangent line is drawn to the hyperbola $ xy = c $ at a point $ P. $
(a) Show that the midpoint of the line segment cut from this tangent line by the coordinate axes is $ P. $
(b) Show that the triangle formed by the tangent line and the coordinate axes always has the same area, no matter where $ P $ is located on the hyperbola.


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