1. To find gradients of lines, you need to differentiate.
f'(x) = -2x, g'(x) = 2x.
Equating these gives that the only solution is when x = 0. At that point, the gradients of both are 0.
2. The gradient of any point on the curve is -1/x². So, point P has co-ordinates of (x, 1/x) and a gradient of -1/x².
With a line of gradient g and a point of (x,y), the y-intercept is y - (g*x) and the x-intercept is x - (y/g)
So, the y-intercept is 1/x - (-1/x²*x) = 1/x - (-1/x) = 2/x and the x-intercept is x - (1/x ÷ -1/x²) = x - (-x) = 2x.
The x-intercept represents the base length of triangle AOB and the y-intercept represents its height.
Therefore, the triangle's area can be found by multiplying them and dividing by 2.
Area = [2x*(2/x)]/2 = 4/2 = 2.