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Find the length of the tangent drawn from a point whose distance from the centre of a circle is 25 cm. Given that the radius of the circle is 7 cm.

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#### Solution

Let P be the given point, O be the centre of the circle and PT be the length of tangent from P. Then, OP = 25 cm and OT = 7 cm.

Since tangent to a circle is always perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact.

∴ ∠OTP = 90°

In right triangle OTP, we have

`OP^2 = OT^2 + PT^2`

`⇒ 25^2 = 7^2 + PT^2`

`⇒ PT^2 = 25^2 – 7^2`

= (25 – 7) (25 + 7)

= 576

⇒ PT = 24 cm

Hence, length of tangent from P = 24 cm

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