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From a point q the length of the tangent to the tangent to a circle is 24 cm and the distance of q form the centre is 25 cm find the radius of the circle 


Solution

Let O be the centre of the circle.

Given that,

OQ = 25cm and PQ = 24 cm

As the radius is perpendicular to the tangent at the point of contact,

Therefore, OP ⊥ PQ

Applying Pythagoras theorem in ΔOPQ, we obtain

OP2 + PQ2 = OQ2

OP2 + 242 = 252

OP2 = 625 − 576

OP2 = 49

OP = 7

Therefore, the radius of the circle is 7 cm

 

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