Prove that the centre of a circle touching two intersecting lines lies on the angle bisector of the lines. - Mathematics

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Prove that the centre of a circle touching two intersecting lines lies on the angle bisector of the lines.

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Solution


Given: Two tangents PQ and PR are drawn from an external points P to a circle with centre O.

To prove: Centre of a circle touching two intersecting lines lies on the angle bisector of angle formed by tangents.

Construction: Join OR and OQ.

In ∆POR and ∆POQ,

∠PRO = ∠PQO = 90°  ...[Tangent at any point of a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact]

OR = OQ  ...[Radii of same circle]

Since, OP is common

∴ ∆PRO ≅ ∆PQO ...[RHS]

Hence, ∠RPO = ∠QPO  ...[By CPCT]

Thus, O lies on angle bisector of PR and PQ.

Hence proved.

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Chapter 9: Circles - Exercise 9.3 [Page 107]

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NCERT Exemplar Mathematics Class 10
Chapter 9 Circles
Exercise 9.3 | Q 4 | Page 107
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Chapter 8 Circles
Exercise 8.2 | Q 49 | Page 41

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