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# Can we show these tangents to this hyperbola form a square? Add to your resource collection Remove from your resource collection Add notes to this resource View your notes for this resource

Ref: R7833

## Question

Sketch on the same axes the two curves $C_1$ and $C_2$, given by \begin{align*} C_1&: xy &= 1, \\ C_2&: x^2-y^2 &= 2. \end{align*}

The curves intersect at $P$ and $Q$. Given that the coordinates of $P$ are $(a,b)$ (which you need not evaluate), write down the coordinates of $Q$ in terms of $a$ and $b$.

The tangent to $C_1$ through $P$ meets the tangent to $C_2$ through $Q$ at the point $M$, and the tangent to $C_2$ through $P$ meets the tangent to $C_1$ through $Q$ at $N$. Show that the coordinates of $M$ are $(-b,a)$ and write down the coordinates of $N$.

Show that $PMQN$ is square.