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**Question 1: A circle S passes through the point (0, 1) and is orthogonal to the circles (x-1) ^{2} + y^{2} = 16 and x^{2} + y^{2} = 1. Then **

(a) radius of S is 8

(b) radius of S is 7

(c) centre of S is (-7, 1)

(d) centre of S is (-8, 1)

**Solution:**

Let the equation of the circles be

x^{2}+y^{2}+2gx+2fy+c = 0 ..(i)

It passes through (0, 1)

=> 1 + 2f + c = 0 â€¦(ii)

Since circle (i) is orthogonal to (x-1)^{2} + y^{2} = 16

=> x^{2} + y^{2} – 2x – 15 = 0

and x^{2} + y^{2} – 1 = 0

2gÃ—(-1) + 2fÃ—0 = c-15

2g + c – 15 = 0 â€¦(iii)

2gÃ—0 + 2fÃ—0 = c-1

=> c = 1 â€¦(iv)

Solving (ii), (iii) and (iv)

=> c = 1, g = 7 and f = -1

The required circle is x^{2} + y^{2} + 14x – 2y + 1 = 0, with centre (-7, 1) and radius = 7.

Hence option b and c are correct.

**Question 2: Let O be the centre of the circle x ^{2} + y^{2} = r^{2}, where r > âˆš5/2 . Suppose PQ is a chord of this circle and the equation of the line passing through P and Q is 2x + 4y = 5. If the centre of the circumcircle of the triangle OPQ lies on the line x + 2y = 4, then the value of r is**

(a) 1

(b) 4

(c) 6

(d) 2

**Solution:**

S1: x^{2} + y^{2} = r^{2} where r > âˆš5/2

C_{1} = (0,0)

let S_{2}: x^{2} + y^{2} + ax + by = 0

C_{2} = (-a/2, -b/2)

PQ: S_{1} -S_{2} = 0

PQ: ax + by + r^{2} = 0 â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦ (1)

Given PQ: 2x + 4y – 5 = 0 â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦ (2)

comparing equation (1) and (2)

(a/2) = (b/4) = (r^{2}/-5)â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..â€¦..(3)

Also, centre of S_{2} lies on x + 2y = 4

(-a/2) – b = 4 â€¦(4)

From equation (3) and (4)

r = 2

Hence option d is the answer.

**Question 3:** **The circle passing through the point (-1, 0) and touching the y-axis at (0, 2) also passes through the point **

(a) (-3/2, 0)

(b) (-5/2, 2)

(c) (-3/2, 5/2)

(d) (-4, 0)

**Solution:**

Equation of circle passing through a point (x_{1}, y_{1}) and touching the straight line L, is given by

(x – x_{1})^{2} + (y – y_{1})^{2} + Î»L = 0

The circle is passing through the point (0, 2)

=> (x – 0)^{2} + (y – 2)^{2} + Î»L = 0

=> x^{2} + (y – 2)^{2} + Î»x = 0 â€¦(i)

Circle passes through (-1, 0).

=> 1 + 4 – Î» = 0

=> Î» = 5

Put Î» = 5 in (i)

x^{2} + (y – 2)^{2} + 5x = 0

=> x^{2} + y^{2} – 4y + 4 + 5x = 0

=> x^{2} + y^{2} + 5x – 4y + 4 = 0

Put y = 0

=> x = -4, x = -1

Check the options.

Hence option d is the answer.

**Question 4: The number of common tangents to the circles x ^{2} + y^{2} = 4 and x^{2} + y^{2} – 6x – 8y = 24 is**

(a) 1

(b) 2

(c) 0

(d) 3

**Solution:**

Given circle x^{2} + y^{2} = 4 with centre C_{1}(0, 0) and R_{1} = 2

Also x^{2} + y^{2} – 6x – 8y – 24 = 0 with centre C_{2}(3, 4) and R_{2} = 7

Distance between centres = C_{1}C_{2} = 5 = R_{2} – R_{1}

So the circles touch internally and they can have just one common tangent at the point of contact.

Hence option a is the answer.

**Question 5:** **The points of intersection of the line 4x – 3y – 10 = 0 and the circle x ^{2} + y^{2} – 2x + 4y – 20 = 0 are **

(a) (4, 2)

(b) (-2, -6)

(c) (2, 2)

(d) (-2, -4)

**Solution:**

Given equation of the line 4x – 3y – 10 = 0

=> x = (3y+10)/4 â€¦(i)

Equation of the circle x^{2} + y^{2} – 2x + 4y – 20 = 0 ..(ii)

Put (i) in (ii)

=> [(3y+10)^{2}/4^{2 }] + y^{2} – 2(3y+10)/4 + 4y – 20 = 0

=> y^{2} + 4y – 12 = 0

=> y = 2, -6

Put y in (i)

=> x = 4, -2

So the points are (4, 2) and (-2, -6).

Hence option a and b are correct.

**Question 6: If the tangent at (1,7) to the curve x ^{2} = y-6 touches the circle x^{2} + y^{2} + 16x + 12y + c = 0, then the value of c is**

(a) 185

(b) 85

(c) 195

(d) 95

**Solution:**

Given curve is x^{2} = y – 6

Differentiate w.r.t.x

2x = dy/dx

(dy/dx)_{(1,7)} = 2

Equation of tangent at (1, 7) to x^{2} = y – 6 is

y-y_{1} = m(x-x_{1})

Here m = 2

(y-7) = 2 (x – 1)

2x – y + 5 = 0

The perpendicular from the centre (-8, -6) to 2x – y + 5 = 0 is equal to radius of circle.

So |(-16+6+5)/âˆš5 | = âˆš(64 + 36 – c)

=> 5 = 100 – c

=> c = 95

Hence option d is the answer.

**Question 7: The circle passing through the intersection of the circles, x ^{2} + y^{2} – 6x = 0 and x^{2} + y^{2} – 4xy = 0, having its centre on the line, 2x – 3y + 12 = 0, also passes through the point**

(a) (-1, 3)

(b) (-3, 6)

(c) (-3, 1)

(d) (1, -3)

**Solution:**

Let the family of circles be S_{1} + Î»S_{2} = 0

x^{2} + y^{2} – 6x + Î»(x^{2} + y^{2} – 4y) = 0

=> (1+Î»)x^{2} + (1+Î»)y^{2} – 6x – 4Î»y = 0 â€¦(i)

Centre (-g, -f) = (3/(1+Î»), 2Î»/(1+Î»))

Centre lies on 2x – 3y + 12 = 0

Then (6/(Î»+1)) – (6Î»/(Î»+1)) + 12 = 0

=> Î» = -3

Equation of circle (i)

-2x^{2} – 2y^{2} – 6x + 12y = 0

=> x^{2} + y^{2} + 3x – 6y = 0

Check options.

(-3, 6) satisfy equation (ii).

Hence option b is the answer.

**Question 8:** **Let the tangents drawn from the origin to the circle, x ^{2} + y^{2} – 8x – 4y + 16 = 0 touch it at points A and B. Then (AB)^{2} is equal to**

(a) 52/5

(b) 56/5

(c) 64/5

(d) 32/5

**Solution:**

Length of tangent, L = âˆšS_{1} = âˆš16 = 4

R = âˆš(16 + 4 – 16)

= 2

Length of chord ofcontact = 2LR/âˆš(L^{2}+R^{2})

= 16/âˆš20

Square of length of chord of contact = 64/5

Hence option c is the answer.

**Question 9: The centre of the circle inscribed in the square formed by the lines x ^{2} – 8x + 12 = 0 and y^{2} – 14y + 45 = 0**

(a) (4, 7)

(b) (7, 4)

(c) (9, 4)

(d) (4, 9)

**Solution:**

The centre is given by the intersection of the diagonals (the mid-point of a diagonal).

x^{2} – 8x + 12 = 0

=> (x – 6)(x-2) = 0

=> x = 6 , 2

y^{2} – 14y + 45 = 0

=> (y – 5)(y-9) = 0

=> y = 5, 9

So A(2, 5), B(2, 9), C(6, 9), D(6, 5) form the square.

Therefore the centre of circle inscribed in square will be

((2+6)/2, (5+9)/2) = (4, 7)

Hence option a is the answer.

**Question 10:** If the tangent at the point P on the circle is x^{2} + y^{2} + 6x + 6y = 2 meets a straight line 5x – 2y + 6 = 0 at a point Q on the y-axis, then the length of PQ is

(a) 4

(b) 5

(c) 2âˆš5

(d) 3âˆš5

**Solution:**

Given that the line 5x – 2y + 6 = 0 is intersected by tangent at P to the circle x^{2} + y^{2} + 6x + 6y – 2 = 0 on y ais at Q.

On y axis, x = 0

=> 2y = 6

=> y = 3

So Q is (0, 3)

Tangent passes throught (0, 3).

PQ = length of tangent to the circle from (0, 3)

= âˆš(0+9+0+18-2)

= 5

Hence option b is the answer.

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