NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Maths Chapter 10- Circles Exercise 10.2 are researched and written by experienced faculty at BYJU’S. This exercise is prepared to help the students’ exam preparation and to improve their understanding of the topics.
These solutions cover problems on the number of tangents from a point on circles. This is a very important topic from the exam point of view. This solution covers mostly the long and descriptive types of questions that are often asked in the board examination. In order to practise questions on Number of Tangents from a Point on a Circle, students are advised to study this exercise solution thoroughly.
Topics Covered in Exercise 10.2
- Number of Tangents from a Point on a Circle
- Solved examples
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- Covers long, descriptive and short answers
- Provides practice of different kinds of questions on circles
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In Q.1 to 3, choose the correct option and give justification.
1. From a point Q, the length of the tangent to a circle is 24 cm and the distance of Q from the centre is 25 cm. The radius of the circle is
(A) 7 cm
(B) 12 cm
(C) 15 cm
(D) 24.5 cm
First, draw a perpendicular from the center O of the triangle to a point P on the circle which is touching the tangent. This line will be perpendicular to the tangent of the circle.
So, OP is perpendicular to PQ i.e. OP ⊥ PQ
From the above figure, it is also seen that △OPQ is a right-angled triangle.
It is given that
OQ = 25 cm and PQ = 24 cm
By using Pythagoras theorem in △OPQ,
OQ2 = OP2 +PQ2
(25)2 = OP2+(24)2
OP2 = 625-576
OP2 = 49
OP = 7 cm
So, option A i.e., 7 cm is the radius of the given circle.
2. In Fig. 10.11, if TP and TQ are the two tangents to a circle with centre O so that ∠POQ = 110°, then ∠PTQ is equal to
From the question, it is clear that OP is the radius of the circle to the tangent PT and OQ is the radius to the tangents TQ.
So, OP ⊥ PT and TQ ⊥ OQ
∴ ∠OPT = ∠OQT = 90°
Now, in the quadrilateral POQT, we know that the sum of the interior angles is 360°
So, ∠PTQ+∠POQ+∠OPT+∠OQT = 360°
Now, by putting the respective values we get,
∠PTQ +90°+110°+90° = 360°
∠PTQ = 70°
So, ∠PTQ is 70° which is option B.
3. If tangents PA and PB from a point P to a circle with centre O are inclined to each other at angle of 80°, then ∠ POA is equal to
First, draw the diagram according to the given statement.
Now, in the above diagram, OA is the radius to tangent PA and OB is the radius to tangent PB.
So, OA is perpendicular to PA and OB is perpendicular to PB i.e. OA ⊥ PA and OB ⊥ PB
So, ∠OBP = ∠OAP = 90°
Now, in the quadrilateral AOBP,
The sum of all the interior angles will be 360°
So, ∠AOB+∠OAP+∠OBP+∠APB = 360°
Putting their values, we get,
∠AOB + 260° = 360°
∠AOB = 100°
Now, consider the triangles △OPB and △OPA. Here,
AP = BP (Since the tangents from a point are always equal)
OA = OB (Which are the radii of the circle)
OP = OP (It is the common side)
Now, we can say that triangles OPB and OPA are similar using SSS congruency.
∴△OPB ≅ △OPA
So, ∠POB = ∠POA
∠AOB = ∠POA+∠POB
2 (∠POA) = ∠AOB
By putting the respective values, we get,
=>∠POA = 100°/2 = 50°
As angle ∠POA is 50° option A is the correct option.
4. Prove that the tangents drawn at the ends of a diameter of a circle are parallel.
First, draw a circle and connect two points A and B such that AB becomes the diameter of the circle. Now, draw two tangents PQ and RS at points A and B respectively.
Now, both radii i.e. AO and OB are perpendicular to the tangents.
So, OB is perpendicular to RS and OA perpendicular to PQ
So, ∠OAP = ∠OAQ = ∠OBR = ∠OBS = 90°
From the above figure, angles OBR and OAQ are alternate interior angles.
Also, ∠OBR = ∠OAQ and ∠OBS = ∠OAP (Since they are also alternate interior angles)
So, it can be said that line PQ and the line RS will be parallel to each other. (Hence Proved).
5. Prove that the perpendicular at the point of contact to the tangent to a circle passes through the center.
Let, O is the centre of the given circle.
A tangent PR has been drawn touching the circle at point P.
Draw QP ⊥ RP at point P, such that point Q lies on the circle.
∠OPR = 90° (radius ⊥ tangent)
Also, ∠QPR = 90° (Given)
∴ ∠OPR = ∠QPR
Now, the above case is possible only when centre O lies on the line QP.
Hence, perpendicular at the point of contact to the tangent to a circle passes through the centre of the circle.
6. The length of a tangent from a point A at distance 5 cm from the centre of the circle is 4 cm. Find the radius of the circle.
Draw the diagram as shown below.
Here, AB is the tangent that is drawn on the circle from a point A.
So, the radius OB will be perpendicular to AB i.e. OB ⊥ AB
We know, OA = 5cm and AB = 4 cm
Now, In △ABO,
OA2 =AB2+BO2 (Using Pythagoras theorem)
52 = 42+BO2
BO2 = 25-16
BO2 = 9
BO = 3
So, the radius of the given circle i.e. BO is 3 cm.
7. Two concentric circles are of radii 5 cm and 3 cm. Find the length of the chord of the larger circle which touches the smaller circle.
Draw two concentric circles with the center O. Now, draw a chord AB in the larger circle which touches the smaller circle at a point P as shown in the figure below.
From the above diagram, AB is tangent to the smaller circle to point P.
∴ OP ⊥ AB
Using Pythagoras theorem in triangle OPA,
52 = AP2+32
AP2 = 25-9
AP = 4
Now, as OP ⊥ AB,
Since the perpendicular from the center of the circle bisects the chord, AP will be equal to PB
So, AB = 2AP = 2×4 = 8 cm
So, the length of the chord of the larger circle is 8 cm.
8. A quadrilateral ABCD is drawn to circumscribe a circle (see Fig. 10.12). Prove that AB + CD = AD + BC
The figure given is:
From this figure we can conclude a few points which are:
(i) DR = DS
(ii) BP = BQ
(iii) AP = AS
(iv) CR = CQ
Since they are tangents on the circle from points D, B, A, and C respectively.
Now, adding the LHS and RHS of the above equations we get,
DR+BP+AP+CR = DS+BQ+AS+CQ
By rearranging them we get,
(DR+CR) + (BP+AP) = (CQ+BQ) + (DS+AS)
9. In Fig. 10.13, XY and X′Y′ are two parallel tangents to a circle with centre O and another tangent AB with point of contact C intersecting XY at A and X′Y′ at B. Prove that ∠ AOB = 90°.
From the figure given in the textbook, join OC. Now, the diagram will be as-
Now the triangles △OPA and △OCA are similar using SSS congruency as:
(i) OP = OC They are the radii of the same circle
(ii) AO = AO It is the common side
(iii) AP = AC These are the tangents from point A
So, △OPA ≅ △OCA
△OQB ≅ △OCB
∠POA = ∠COA … (Equation i)
And, ∠QOB = ∠COB … (Equation ii)
Since the line POQ is a straight line, it can be considered as a diameter of the circle.
So, ∠POA +∠COA +∠COB +∠QOB = 180°
Now, from equations (i) and equation (ii) we get,
2∠COA+2∠COB = 180°
∠COA+∠COB = 90°
∴∠AOB = 90°
10. Prove that the angle between the two tangents drawn from an external point to a circle is supplementary to the angle subtended by the line-segment joining the points of contact at the center.
First, draw a circle with centre O. Choose an external point P and draw two tangents PA and PB at point A and point B, respectively. Now, join A and B to make AB in a way that it subtends ∠AOB at the center of the circle. The diagram is as follows:
From the above diagram, it is seen that the line segments OA and PA are perpendicular.
So, ∠OAP = 90°
In a similar way, the line segments OB ⊥ PB and so, ∠OBP = 90°
Now, in the quadrilateral OAPB,
∴∠APB+∠OAP +∠PBO +∠BOA = 360° (since the sum of all interior angles will be 360°)
By putting the values we get,
∠APB + 180° + ∠BOA = 360°
So, ∠APB + ∠BOA = 180° (Hence proved).
11. Prove that the parallelogram circumscribing a circle is a rhombus.
Consider a parallelogram ABCD which is circumscribing a circle with a center O. Now, since ABCD is a parallelogram, AB = CD and BC = AD.
From the above figure, it is seen that,
(i) DR = DS
(ii) BP = BQ
(iii) CR = CQ
(iv) AP = AS
These are the tangents to the circle at D, B, C, and A, respectively.
Adding all these we get,
DR+BP+CR+AP = DS+BQ+CQ+AS
By rearranging them we get,
(BP+AP)+(DR+CR) = (CQ+BQ)+(DS+AS)
Again by rearranging them we get,
AB+CD = BC+AD
Now, since AB = CD and BC = AD, the above equation becomes
2AB = 2BC
∴ AB = BC
Since AB = BC = CD = DA, it can be said that ABCD is a rhombus.
12. A triangle ABC is drawn to circumscribe a circle of radius 4 cm such that the segments BD and DC into which BC is divided by the point of contact D are of lengths 8 cm and 6 cm, respectively (see Fig. 10.14). Find the sides AB and AC.
The figure given is as follows:
Consider the triangle ABC,
We know that the length of any two tangents which are drawn from the same point to the circle is equal.
(i) CF = CD = 6 cm
(ii) BE = BD = 8 cm
(iii) AE = AF = x
Now, it can be observed that,
(i) AB = EB+AE = 8+x
(ii) CA = CF+FA = 6+x
(iii) BC = DC+BD = 6+8 = 14
Now the semi perimeter “s” will be calculated as follows
2s = AB+CA+BC
By putting the respective values we get,
2s = 28+2x
s = 14+x
By solving this we get,
= √(14+x)48x ……… (i)
Again, the area of △ABC = 2 × area of (△AOF + △COD + △DOB)
= 2×½(4x+24+32) = 56+4x …………..(ii)
Now from (i) and (ii) we get,
√(14+x)48x = 56+4x
Now, square both the sides,
48x(14+x) = (56+4x)2
48x = [4(14+x)]2/(14+x)
48x = 16(14+x)
48x = 224+16x
32x = 224
x = 7 cm
So, AB = 8+x
i.e. AB = 15 cm
And, CA = x+6 =13 cm.
13. Prove that opposite sides of a quadrilateral circumscribing a circle subtend supplementary angles at the centre of the circle.
First draw a quadrilateral ABCD which will circumscribe a circle with its centre O in a way that it touches the circle at point P, Q, R, and S. Now, after joining the vertices of ABCD we get the following figure:
Now, consider the triangles OAP and OAS,
AP = AS (They are the tangents from the same point A)
OA = OA (It is the common side)
OP = OS (They are the radii of the circle)
So, by SSS congruency △OAP ≅ △OAS
So, ∠POA = ∠AOS
Which implies that∠1 = ∠8
Similarly, other angles will be,
∠4 = ∠5
∠2 = ∠3
∠6 = ∠7
Now by adding these angles we get,
∠1+∠2+∠3 +∠4 +∠5+∠6+∠7+∠8 = 360°
Now by rearranging,
(∠1+∠8)+(∠2+∠3)+(∠4+∠5)+(∠6+∠7) = 360°
2∠1+2∠2+2∠5+2∠6 = 360°
Taking 2 as common and solving we get,
(∠1+∠2)+(∠5+∠6) = 180°
Thus, ∠AOB+∠COD = 180°
Similarly, it can be proved that ∠BOC+∠DOA = 180°
Therefore, the opposite sides of any quadrilateral which is circumscribing a given circle will subtend supplementary angles at the center of the circle.