In fig., O is the centre of the circle, PA and PB are tangent segments. Show that the quadrilateral AOBP is cyclic. - Mathematics

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In fig., O is the centre of the circle, PA and PB are tangent segments. Show that the quadrilateral AOBP is cyclic.

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Solution

Since tangent at a point to a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point.

∴ OA ⊥ AP and OB ⊥ BP

⇒ ∠OAP = 90° and ∠OBP = 90°

⇒ ∠OAP +∠OBP = 90° + 90° ….(i)

In quadrilateral OAPB, we have

∠OAP + ∠APB + ∠AOB + ∠OBP = 360°

⇒ (∠APB + ∠AOB) + (∠OAP +∠OBP) = 360°

⇒ ∠APB + ∠AOB + 180° = 360°

∠APB + ∠AOB = 180° ….(ii)

From equations (i) and (ii),we can say that the quadrilateral AOBP is cyclic.

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