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AB is the longest chord of a circle with centre O. P is any point on the circumference of the circle, not coinciding with A or B. Find APB in degrees.


A

75 degrees

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B

80 degrees

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C

100 degrees

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D

90 degrees

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Solution

The correct option is D

90 degrees



Consider the circle as shown, with centre O and AB as the longest chord. Since diameter is the longest chord, AB is the diameter.
Recall that the angle subtended by an arc at the centre of the circle is twice the angle subtended by this arc in the other segment.
Now the angle subtended by the arc at the centre is AOB, which is 180. Let P be any point on the remaining part of the circle. Different positions of P are shown. In each case, APB is the angle subtended by the arc in the other segment. So it should be half the angle subtended by the arc at the centre (which is 180).
Half of 180 is 90. So APB=90.


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