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6-72.

ASTROID

The graph of $x^{2/3} + y^{2/3} = 4$ is called an "astroid."

1. Use implicit differentiation to find $\frac { d y } { d x }$.

$\frac{2}{3}x^{-1/3}+\frac{2}{3}y^{-1/3}y^\prime=0$
$\frac{2}{3}x^{-1/3}=-\frac{2}{3}y^{-1/3}y^\prime$
$y^\prime=-\frac{y^{1/3}}{x^{1/3}}$
$\frac{dy}{dx}=-\sqrt[3]{\frac{y}{x}}$

2. Where does the astroid have a horizontal tangent? Explain.

Look at the derivative equation.
Now look at the graph. There are two coordinate points in which $y = 0$. Does the derivative exist at those points?
Look at the derivative equation. What values of $x$ would make that equation undefined?
Now look at the graph. Describe the shape of the graph at that value of $x$.