2011 A-level H2 Mathematics (9740) Paper 1 Question 3 Suggested Solutions

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(i)
\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{dy}{dt} \times \frac{dt}{dx}

\frac{dy}{dx} = - \frac{2}{t^2} \times \frac{1}{2t} = - \frac{1}{t^3}

At P, t = p \Rightarrow \frac{dy}{dx} = -\frac{1}{p^3}

y - (\frac{2}{p}) = -\frac{1}{p^3} (x - p^2)

y = - \frac{x}{p^3} + \frac{3}{p}

(ii)
At Q, y = 0, \Rightarrow x = 3p^2

At P, x= 0, \Rightarrow y = \frac{3}{p}

\therefore~ Q(3p^2,~0) ~\&~ R(0,~\frac{3}{p})

(iii)
Midpoint = (\frac{3p^2}{2}, \frac{3}{2p})

\Rightarrow x = \frac{3p^2}{2}, y = \frac{3}{2p}

p = \frac{3}{2y}

\therefore~ 8xy^2 = 27

KS Comments:

(i) and (ii) are quite direct so long as students do not have any careless mistakes. (iii) tests students on their understanding of parametric equations and the very idea of “p varies”.

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