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The lengths of two parallel chords of a circle are 6 cm and 8 cm. If the smaller chord is at distance 4 cm from the centre, what is the distance of the other chord from the centre? - Mathematics

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The lengths of two parallel chords of a circle are 6 cm and 8 cm. If the smaller chord is at distance 4 cm from the centre, what is the distance of the other chord from the centre?

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Solution

Let AB and CD be two parallel chords in a circle centered at O. Join OB and OD.

Distance of smaller chord AB from the centre of the circle = 4 cm

OM = 4 cm

MB = AB/2 = 6/2 = 3cm

In ΔOMB,

OM2 + MB2 = OB2

(4)2 + (3)2 = OB2

16 + 9 = OB2

OB2 = 25

`OB = sqrt25`

OB = 5cm

In ΔOND,

OD = OB = 5cm                   (Radii of the same circle)

ND = CD/2 = 8/2 = 4cm

ON2 + ND2 = OD2

ON2 + (4)2 = (5)2

ON2 = 25 - 16 = 9

ON = 3

Therefore, the distance of the bigger chord from the centre is 3 cm.

Concept: Cyclic Quadrilateral
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NCERT Class 9 Maths
Chapter 10 Circles
Exercise 10.6 | Q 3 | Page 187

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