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In Fig. There Are Two Concentric Circles with Centre O of Radii 5cm and 3cm. from an External Point P, Tangents Pa and Pb Are Drawn to These Circles If Ap = 12cm, Find the Tangent Length of Bp. - Mathematics

In fig. there are two concentric circles with Centre O of radii 5cm and 3cm. From an
external point P, tangents PA and PB are drawn to these circles if AP = 12cm, find the
tangent length of BP.

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Solution

OA = 5 cm

OB = 3 cm

AP = 12 cm

BP = ?

We know that

At the point of contact, radius is perpendicular to tangent.

For circle 1, ΔOAP is right triangle

By Pythagoras theorem, 𝑂𝑃2 = 𝑂𝐴2 + 𝐴𝑃2

⇒ 𝑂𝑃2 = 52 + 122 = 25 + 144

= 169

⇒ OP = `sqrt(169)` = 13 𝑐𝑚

For circle 2, ΔOBP is right triangle by Pythagoras theorem,

𝑂𝑃2 = 𝑂𝐵2 + 𝐵𝑃2

132 = 32 + 𝐵𝑃2

𝐵𝑃2 = 169 − 9 = 160

𝐵𝑃 = `sqrt(160) = 4sqrt(10)` 𝑐𝑚

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RD Sharma Class 10 Maths
Chapter 8 Circles
Exercise 8.2 | Q 26 | Page 35
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