An intuition question.
Look at the function below. It may surprise you that it is a constant! For any value of , the function will have the same value. I’m wondering, now that you know this, if you can get a sense of why it would be a constant, without (a) using your graphing calculator, or (b) taking the derivative to show that it is 0 [that is what I did, and as a side note, I have to use this on a test or homework next year].
Can you find some geometric way to see that?
It took me somewhere between a half hour and an hour of playing around to get it. I can post my solution in a couple days, but right now I don’t have the energy to find a program to draw my solution . But let me just tell you: it’s beautiful. You’ll be stunned when you first do it. Yeah, the calculus way tells you it is a constant, but seeing the “why” is still a mystery. The geometric way takes a bit, but whoa nellie, you won’t regret spending the time!
 Or maybe I should claim there is no room in the margin! (JK)
Update: I did finally write up my solution. I quickly did something I never have done before: do my work in powerpoint. It worked fine.
Update: Mr. K solved the problem in 3 minutes and found a way to show the geometric solution. Head over to his very excellent blog to see it in all it’s glory.
Update: Besides mine and Mr. Ks, a third and perhaps more elegant solution is up at 11011110.
Of the three, I think I like Mr. K’s visualization best, even though it might not be a proof in the formal sense.