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**1. If PT is a tangent at T to a circle whose centre is O and OP = 17 cm, OT = 8 cm. Find the length of the tangent segment PT.**

**Solution:**

Given,

OT = radius = 8 cm

OP = 17 cm

To find: PT = length of tangent =?

Clearly, T is point of contact. And, we know that at point of contact tangent and radius are perpendicular.

âˆ´ OTP is right angled triangle âˆ OTP = 90Â°, from Pythagoras theorem OT^{2}Â + PT^{2}Â = OP^{2}

8^{2}Â + PT^{2Â }= 17^{2}

âˆ´ PT = length of tangent = 15 cm.

**2. Find the length of a tangent drawn to a circle with radius 5cm, from a point 13 cm from the center of the circle.**

**Solution:**

Consider a circle with centre O.

OP = radius = 5 cm. (given)

A tangent is drawn at point P, such that line through O intersects it at Q.

And, OQ = 13cm (given).

To find: Length of tangent PQ =?

We know that tangent and radius are perpendicular to each other.

âˆ†OPQ is right angled triangle with âˆ OPQ = 90Â°

By Pythagoras theorem we have,

OQ^{2}Â = OP^{2}Â + PQ^{2}

â‡’ 13^{2}Â = 5^{2}Â + PQ^{2}

â‡’ PQ^{2}Â = 169 – 25 = 144

â‡’ PQ = âˆš144 Â

= 12 cm

Therefore, the length of tangent = 12 cm

**3. A point P is 26 cm away from O of circle and the length PT of the tangent drawn from P to the circle is 10 cm. Find the radius of the circle.**

**Solution:**

Given, OP = 26 cm

PT = length of tangent = 10 cm

To find: radius = OT = ?

We know that,

At point of contact, radius and tangent are perpendicular âˆ OTP = 90Â°

So, âˆ†OTP is right angled triangle.

Then by Pythagoras theorem, we have

OP^{2}Â = OT^{2}Â + PT^{2}

26^{2}Â = OT^{2}Â + 10^{2}

OT^{2 }= 676 â€“ 100

OT = âˆš576

OT = 24 cm

Thus, OT = length of tangent = 24 cm

**4. If from any point on the common chord of two intersecting circles, tangents be drawn to the circles, prove that they are equal.**

**Solution:**

Let the two circles intersect at points X and Y.

So, XY is the common chord.

Suppose ‘A’ is a point on the common chord and AM and AN be the tangents drawn from A to the circle

Then itâ€™s required to prove that AM = AN.

In order to prove the above relation, following property has to be used.

“Let PT be a tangent to the circle from an external point P and a secant to the circle through P intersecting the circle at points A and B, then PT^{2}Â = PA Ã— PB”

Now AM is the tangent and AXY is a secant

âˆ´ AM^{2}Â = AX Ã— AY … (i)

Similarly, AN is a tangent and AXY is a secant

âˆ´ AN^{2}Â = AX Ã— AY …. (ii)

From (i) & (ii), we have AM^{2}Â = AN^{2}

âˆ´ AM = AN

Therefore, tangents drawn from any point on the common chord of two intersecting circles are equal.

Hence Proved

**5. If the quadrilateral sides touch the circle, prove that sum of pair of opposite sides is equal to the sum of other pair.**

**Solution:**

Consider a quadrilateral ABCD touching circle with centre O at points E, F, G and H as shown in figure.

We know that,

The tangents drawn from same external points to the circle are equal in length.

Consider tangents:

1. From point A [AH & AE]

AH = AE … (i)

2. From point B [EB & BF]

BF = EB … (ii)

3. From point C [CF & GC]

FC = CG … (iii)

4. From point D [DG & DH]

DH = DG …. (iv)

Adding (i), (ii), (iii), & (iv)

(AH + BF + FC + DH) = [(AE + EB) + (CG + DG)]

âŸ¹ (AH + DH) + (BF + FC) = (AE + EB) + (CG + DG)

âŸ¹ AD + BC = AB + DC [from fig.]

Therefore, the sum of one pair of opposite sides is equal to other.

Hence Proved

**6. Out of the two concentric circles, the radius of the outer circle is 5 cm and the chord AC of length 8 cm is a tangent to the inner circle. Find the radius of the inner circle. Solution:**

Let C_{1}Â and C_{2}Â be the two circles having same center O.

And, AC is a chord which touches the C_{1}Â at point D

letâ€™s join OD.

So, OD âŠ¥ AC

AD = DC = 4 cm [perpendicular line OD bisects the chord]

Thus, in right angled âˆ†AOD,

OAÂ² = ADÂ² + DOÂ² [By Pythagoras theorem]

DOÂ² = 5Â² â€“ 4Â² = 25 â€“ 16 = 9

DO = 3 cm

Therefore, the radius of the inner circle OD = 3 cm.

**7. A chord PQ of a circle is parallel to the tangent drawn at a point R of the circle. Prove that R bisects the arc PRQ.Solution:**

Given: Chord PQ is parallel to tangent at R.

To prove: R bisects the arc PRQ.

Proof:

Since PQ || tangent at R.

âˆ 1 = âˆ 2 [alternate interior angles]

âˆ 1 = âˆ 3

[angle between tangent and chord is equal to angle made by chord in alternate segment]

So, âˆ 2 = âˆ 3

â‡’ PR = QR [sides opposite to equal angles are equal]

Hence, clearly R bisects the arc PRQ.

**8. Prove that a diameter AB of a circle bisects all those chords which are parallel to the tangent at the point A.**

**Solution:**

Given,

AB is a diameter of the circle.

A tangent is drawn from point A.

Construction: Draw a chord CD parallel to the tangent MAN.

So now, CD is a chord of the circle and OA is a radius of the circle.

âˆ MAO = 90Â°

[Tangent at any point of a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact]

âˆ CEO = âˆ MAO [corresponding angles]

âˆ CEO = 90Â°

Therefore, OE bisects CD.

[perpendicular from center of circle to chord bisects the chord]

Similarly, the diameter AB bisects all the chords which are parallel to the tangent at the point A.

**9. If AB, AC, PQ are the tangents in the figure, and AB = 5 cm, find the perimeter of âˆ†APQ.**

**Solution: **

Given,

AB, AC, PQ are tangents

And, AB = 5 cm

Perimeter of **âˆ†**APQ,

Perimeter = AP + AQ + PQ

= AP + AQ + (PX + QX)

We know that,

The two tangents drawn from external point to the circle are equal in length from point A,

So, AB = AC = 5 cm

From point P, PX = PB [Tangents from an external point to the circle are equal.]

From point Q, QX = QC [Tangents from an external point to the circle are equal.]

Thus,

Perimeter (P) = AP + AQ + (PB + QC)

= (AP + PB) + (AQ + QC)

= AB + AC = 5 + 5

= 10 cm.Â

**10. Prove that the intercept of a tangent between two parallel tangents to a circle subtends a right angle at centre.**

**Solution:**

Consider a circle with centre ‘O’ and has two parallel tangents through A & B at ends of diameter.

Let tangent through M intersect the parallel tangents at P and Q

Then, required to prove: âˆ POQ = 90Â°.

From fig. it is clear that ABQP is a quadrilateral

âˆ A + âˆ B = 90Â° + 90Â° = 180Â° [At point of contact tangent & radius are perpendicular]

âˆ A + âˆ B + âˆ P + âˆ Q = 360Â° [Angle sum property of a quadilateral]

So,

âˆ P + âˆ Q = 360Â° – 180Â° = 180Â° … (i)

At P & Q

âˆ APO = âˆ OPQ = 1/2 âˆ P â€¦.(ii)

âˆ BQO = âˆ PQO = 1/2 âˆ Q Â â€¦.. (iii)

Â Using (ii) and (iii) in (i) â‡’

2âˆ OPQ + 2âˆ PQO = 180Â°Â

âˆ OPQ + âˆ PQO = 90Â° … Â (iv)

In âˆ†OPQ,

âˆ OPQ + âˆ PQO + âˆ POQ = 180Â° [Angle sum property]

90Â° + âˆ POQ = 180Â° Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â [from (iv)]

âˆ POQ = 180Â° â€“ 90Â° = 90Â°

Hence, âˆ POQ = 90Â°

**11. In Fig below, PQ is tangent at point R of the circle with center O. If âˆ TRQ = 30Â°, find âˆ PRS.**

**Solution: **

Given,

âˆ TRQ = 30Â°.

At point R, OR âŠ¥ RQ.

So, âˆ ORQ = 90Â°

âŸ¹ âˆ TRQ + âˆ ORT = 90Â°

âŸ¹ âˆ ORT = 90Â°- 30Â° = 60Â°

Itâ€™s seen that, ST is diameter,

So, âˆ SRT = 90Â° [ âˆµ Angle in semicircle = 90Â°]

Then,

âˆ ORT + âˆ SRO = 90Â°

âˆ SRO + âˆ PRS = 90Â°

âˆ´ âˆ PRS = 90Â°- 30Â° = 60Â°Â

**12. If PA and PB are tangents from an outside point P. such that PA = 10 cm and âˆ APB = 60Â°. Find the length of chord AB.**

**Solution:**

Given,

AP = 10 cm and âˆ APB = 60Â°

Represented in the figure

We know that,

A line drawn from centre to point from where external tangents are drawn divides or bisects the angle made by tangents at that point

So, âˆ APO = âˆ OPB = 1/2 Ã— 60Â° = 30Â°

And, the chord AB will be bisected perpendicularly

âˆ´ AB = 2AM

In âˆ†AMP,

AM = AP sin 30Â°

AP/2 = 10/2 = 5cm [As AB = 2AM]

So, AP = 2 AM = 10 cm

And, AB = 2 AM = 10cm

Alternate method:

In âˆ†AMP, âˆ AMP = 90Â°, âˆ APM = 30Â°

âˆ AMP + âˆ APM + âˆ MAP = 180Â°

90Â° + 30Â° + âˆ MAP = 180Â°

âˆ MAP = 60Â°

In âˆ†PAB, âˆ MAP = âˆ BAP = 60Â°, âˆ APB = 60Â°

We also get, âˆ PBA = 60Â°

âˆ´ âˆ†PAB is equilateral triangle

AB = AP = 10 cm

**13. In a right triangle ABC in which âˆ B = 90Â°, a circle is drawn with AB as diameter intersecting the hypotenuse AC at P. Prove that the tangent to the circle at P bisects BC.Solution:**

Let O be the center of the given circle. Suppose, the tangent at P meets BC at Q.

Then join BP.

Required to prove: BQ = QC

Proof :

âˆ ABC = 90Â° [tangent at any point of circle is perpendicular to radius through the point of contact]

In âˆ†ABC, âˆ 1 + âˆ 5 = 90Â° [angle sum property, âˆ ABC = 90Â°]

And, âˆ 3 = âˆ 1

So,

âˆ 3 + âˆ 5 = 90Â° â€¦â€¦..(i)

Also, âˆ APB = 90Â° [angle in semi-circle]

âˆ 3 + âˆ 4 = 90Â° â€¦â€¦.(ii) [âˆ APB + âˆ BPC = 180Â°, linear pair]

From (i) and (ii), we get

âˆ 3 + âˆ 5 = âˆ 3 + âˆ 4

âˆ 5 = âˆ 4

â‡’ PQ = QC [sides opposite to equal angles are equal]

Also, QP = QB

[tangents drawn from an internal point to a circle are equal]

â‡’ QB = QC

– Hence proved.

**14. From an external point P, tangents PA and PB are drawn to a circle with centre O. If CD is the tangent to the circle at a point E and PA = 14 cm, find the perimeter of âˆ†PCD.Solution:**

Given,

PA and PB are the tangents drawn from a point P outside the circle with centre O.

CD is another tangents to the circle at point E which intersects PA and PB at C and D respectively.

PA = 14 cm

PA and PB are the tangents to the circle from P

So, PA = PB = 14 cm

Now, CA and CE are the tangents from C to the circle.

CA = CE â€¦.(i)

Similarly, DB and DE are the tangents from D to the circle.

DB = DE â€¦.(ii)

Now, perimeter of âˆ†PCD

= PC + PD + CD

= PC + PD + CE + DE

= PC + CE + PD + DE

= PC + CA + PD + DB {From (i) and (ii)}

= PA + PB

= 14 + 14

= 28 cm

**15. In the figure, ABC is a right triangle right-angled at B such that BC = 6 cm and AB = 8 cm. Find the radius of its incircle. **

**Solution: **

Given,

In right âˆ†ABC, âˆ B = 90Â°

And, BC = 6 cm, AB = 8 cm

Let r be the radius of incircle whose centre is O and touches the sides AB, BC and CA at P, Q and R respectively.

Since, AP and AR are the tangents to the circle AP = AR

Similarly, CR = CQ and BQ = BP

OP and OQ are radii of the circle

OP âŠ¥ AB and OQ âŠ¥ BC and âˆ B = 90Â° (given)

Hence, BPOQ is a square

Thus, BP = BQ = r (sides of a square are equal)

So,

AR = AP = AB â€“ PB = 8 â€“ r

and CR = CQ = BC â€“ BQ = 6 â€“ r

But ACÂ² = ABÂ² + BCÂ² (By Pythagoras Theorem)

= (8)Â² + (6)Â² = 64 + 36 = 100 = (10)Â²

So, AC = 10 cm

â‡’AR + CR = 10

â‡’ 8 â€“ r + 6 â€“ r = 10

â‡’ 14 â€“ 2r = 10

â‡’ 2r = 14 â€“ 10 = 4

â‡’ r = 2

Therefore, the radius of the incircle = 2 cm

**16. Prove that the tangent drawn at the mid-point of an arc of a circle is parallel to the chord joining the end points of the arc. uSolution:**

Let mid-point of an arc AMB be M and TMTâ€™ be the tangent to the circle.

Now, join AB, AM and MB.

Since, arc AM = arc MB

â‡’ Chord AM = Chord MB

In âˆ†AMB, AM = MB

â‡’ âˆ MAB = âˆ MBA â€¦â€¦(i)

[equal sides corresponding to the equal angle]

Since, TMTâ€™ is a tangent line.

âˆ AMT = âˆ MBA

[angles in alternate segment are equal]

Thus, âˆ AMT = âˆ MAB [from Eq. (i)]

But âˆ AMT and âˆ MAB are alternate angles, which is possible only when AB || TMTâ€™

Hence, the tangent drawn at the mid-point of an arc of a circle is parallel to the chord joining the end points of the arc.

– Hence proved

**17. From a point P, two tangents PA and PB are drawn to a circle with centre O. If OP = diameter of the circle, show that âˆ†APB is equilateral.Solution:**

Given: From a point P outside the circle with centre O, PA and PB are the tangents to the circle such that OP is diameter.

And, AB is joined.

Required to prove: APB is an equilateral triangle

Construction: Join OP, AQ, OA

Proof:

We know that, OP = 2r

â‡’ OQ + QP = 2r

â‡’ OQ = QP = r

Now in right âˆ†OAP,

OP is its hypotenuse and Q is its mid-point

Then, OA = AQ = OQ

(mid-point of hypotenuse of a right triangle is equidistance from its vertices)

Thus, âˆ†OAQ is equilateral triangle. So, âˆ AOQ = 60Â°

Now in right âˆ†OAP,

âˆ APO = 90Â° â€“ 60Â° = 30Â°

â‡’ âˆ APB = 2 âˆ APO = 2 x 30Â° = 60Â°

But PA = PB (Tangents from P to the circle)

â‡’ âˆ PAB = âˆ PBA = 60Â°

Hence âˆ†APB is an equilateral triangle.

**18. Two tangents segments PA and PB are drawn to a circle with centre O such that âˆ APB = 120Â°. Prove that OP = 2 AP.Solution:**

Given: From a point P. Outside the circle with centre O, PA and PB are tangents drawn and âˆ APB = 120Â°

And, OP is joined.

Required to prove: OP = 2 AP

Construction: Take mid-point M of OP and join AM, join also OA and OB.

Proof:

In right âˆ†OAP,

âˆ OPA =Â 1/2âˆ APB =Â 1/2 (120Â°) = 60Â°

âˆ AOP = 90Â° â€“ 60Â° = 30Â° [Angle sum property]

M is mid-point of hypotenuse OP of âˆ†OAP [from construction]

So, MO = MA = MP

âˆ OAM = âˆ AOM = 30Â° and âˆ PAM = 90Â° â€“ 30Â° = 60Â°

Thus, âˆ†AMP is an equilateral triangle

MA = MP = AP

But, M is mid-point of OP

So,

OP = 2 MP = 2 AP

– Hence proved.

**19. If âˆ†ABC is isosceles with AB = AC and C (0, r) is the incircle of the âˆ†ABC touching BC at L. Prove that L bisects BC.Solution:**

Given: In âˆ†ABC, AB = AC and a circle with centre O and radius r touches the side BC of âˆ†ABC at L.

Required to prove : L is mid-point of BC.

Proof :

AM and AN are the tangents to the circle from A.

So, AM = AN

But AB = AC (given)

AB â€“ AN = AC â€“ AM

â‡’ BN = CM

Now BL and BN are the tangents from B

So, BL = BN

Similarly, CL and CM are tangents

CL = CM

But BN = CM (proved above)

So, BL = CL

Therefore, L is mid-point of BC.

**20. AB is a diameter and AC is a chord of a circle with centre O such that âˆ BAC = 30Â°. The tangent at C intersects AB at a point D. Prove that BC = BD. [NCERT Exemplar]Solution:**

Required to prove: BC = BD

Join BC and OC.

Given, âˆ BAC = 30Â°

â‡’ âˆ BCD = 30Â°

[angle between tangent and chord is equal to angle made by chord in the alternate segment]

âˆ ACD = âˆ ACO + âˆ OCD

âˆ ACD = 30Â° + 90Â° = 120Â°

[OC âŠ¥ CD and OA = OC = radius â‡’ âˆ OAC = âˆ OCA = 30Â°]

In âˆ†ACD,

âˆ CAD + âˆ ACD + âˆ ADC = 180Â° [Angle sum property of a triangle]

â‡’ 30Â° + 120Â° + âˆ ADC = 180Â°

â‡’ âˆ ADC = 180Â° â€“ 30Â° – 120Â° = 30Â°

Now, in âˆ†BCD,

âˆ BCD = âˆ BDC = 30Â°

â‡’ BC = BD [As sides opposite to equal angles are equal]

Hence Proved

**21. In the figure, a circle touches all the four sides of a quadrilateral ABCD with AB = 6 cm, BC = 7 cm, and CD = 4 cm. Find AD.Solution:**

Given,

A circle touches the sides AB, BC, CD and DA of a quadrilateral ABCD at P, Q, R and S respectively.

AB = 6 cm, BC = 7 cm, CD = 4cm

Let AD = x

As AP and AS are the tangents to the circle

AP = AS

Similarly,

BP = BQ

CQ = CR

and DR = DS

So, In ABCD

AB + CD = AD + BC (Property of a cyclic quadrilateral)

â‡’ 6 + 4 = 7 + x

â‡’ 10 = 7 + x

â‡’ x = 10 â€“ 7 = 3

Therefore, AD = 3 cm.

**22. Prove that the perpendicular at the point of contact to the tangent to a circle passes through the centre of the circle.**

**Solution:**

Given: TS is a tangent to the circle with centre O at P, and OP is joined.

Required to prove: OP is perpendicular to TS which passes through the centre of the circle

Construction: Draw a line OR which intersect the circle at Q and meets the tangent TS at R

Proof:

OP = OQ (radii of the same circle)

And OQ < OR

â‡’ OP < OR

similarly, we can prove that OP is less than all lines which can be drawn from O to TS.

OP is the shortest

OP is perpendicular to TS

Therefore, the perpendicular through P will pass through the centre of the circle

– Hence proved.

**23. Two circles touch externally at a point P. From a point T on the tangent at P, tangents TQ and TR are drawn to the circles with points of contact Q and R respectively. Prove that TQ = TR.**

**Solution:**

Given: Two circles with centres O and C touch each other externally at P. PT is its common tangent

From a point T: PT, TR and TQ are the tangents drawn to the circles.

Required to prove: TQ = TR

Proof:

From T, TR and TP are two tangents to the circle with centre O

So, TR = TP â€¦.(i)

Similarly, from point T

TQ and TP are two tangents to the circle with centre C

TQ = TP â€¦.(ii)

From (i) and (ii) â‡’

TQ = TR

– Hence proved.

**24. A is a point at a distance 13 cm from the centre O of a circle of radius 5 cm. AP and AQ are the tangents to the circle at P and Q. If a tangent BC is drawn at a point R lying on the minor arc PQ to intersect AP at B and AQ at C, find the perimeter of the âˆ†ABC.Solution:**

Given: Two tangents are drawn from an external point A to the circle with centre O. Tangent BC is drawn at a point R and radius of circle = 5 cm.

Required to find : Perimeter of âˆ†ABC.

Proof:

We know that,

âˆ OPA = 90Â°[Tangent at any point of a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact]

OAÂ² = OPÂ² + PAÂ² [by Pythagoras Theorem]

(13)Â² = 5Â² + PAÂ²

â‡’ PAÂ² = 144 = 12Â²

â‡’ PA = 12 cm

Now, perimeter of âˆ†ABC = AB + BC + CA = (AB + BR) + (RC + CA)

= AB + BP + CQ + CA [BR = BP, RC = CQ tangents from internal point to a circle are equal]

= AP + AQ = 2AP = 2 x (12) = 24 cm

[AP = AQ tangent from internal point to a circle are equal]

Therefore, the perimeter of âˆ†ABC = 24 cm.