Circles - NCERT Class 10 Maths

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Question 1

How many tangents can a circle have?

 

Solution

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What is Unknown?

Number of tangents a circle can have

Reasoning:

A tangent to a circle is a line that intersects the circle at only one point. On every point on the circle, one tangent can be drawn.

Steps:

As per the above reasoning, a circle can have infinitely many tangents.

Question 2

Fill in the blanks:

(i) A tangent to a circle intersects it in _________ point (s).

(ii) A line intersecting a circle in two points is called a ____________.

(iii) A circle can have _________ parallel tangents at the most.

(iv) The common point of a tangent to a circle and the circle is called _________ .

 

Solution

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Steps:

(i) A tangent to a circle intersects it in       One         point (s).

Reasoning:

A tangent to a circle is a line that intersects the circle at only one point.

(ii) A line intersecting a circle in two points is called a    Secant   .

Reasoning:

Secant is a line that intersects the circle in two points.

(iii) A circle can have    Two     parallel tangents at the most.

Reasoning:

Tangent at any point of a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact. Extended radius is a diameter which has two end points and hence two tangents which are parallel to themselves and perpendicular to the diameter.

Center \(O,\) diameter \(AB,\text{ tangents}\, PQ, RS\) and, \({PQ}\; \| \;{RS}\)

\(A\) and \(B\) are called as point of contact.

(iv) The common point of a tangent to a circle and the circle is called    Point of contact     .

Reasoning:

A tangent to a circle is a line that intersects the circle at only one point and that point is called as point of contact.

 

Question 3

A tangent \(PQ\) at a point \(P\) of a circle of radius \(\text{5 cm}\) meets a line through the center \(O\) at a point \(Q\) so that \(OQ = \text{12 cm.}\) Length \(PQ\) is:

(A) \(\text{12 cm}\)       

(B) \(\text{13 cm}\)       

(C) \(\text{8.5 cm}\)      

(D) \(\sqrt{119} \,\rm{cm.}\)

 

Solution

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What is Known?

Radius \(OP = \text{5 cm} \)

\(OQ = \text{12 cm}\)

What is Unknown?

Length of the tangent \(PQ\)

Reasoning:

\(\Delta {OPQ}\) is a right-angle triangle according to Theorem \(10.1 :\) The tangent at any point of a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact.

Steps:

By Pythagoras theorem

\[\begin{align} {OQ} ^ { 2 } & = {O P} ^ { 2 } + {P Q} ^ { 2 } \\ 12 ^ { 2 } & = 5 ^ { 2 } + {P Q} ^ { 2 } \\ 144 & = 25 + {P Q} ^ { 2 } \\ {P Q} ^ { 2 } & = 119 \\ {P Q} & = \sqrt { 119 } \rm {\;cm } \end{align}\]

The answer is option D.

Question 4

Draw a circle and two lines parallel to a given line such that one is a tangent and the other, a secant to the circle.

 

Solution

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What is Known?

(i) To draw a circle

(ii) Draw one tangent and one secant to the circle parallel  to the given line.

What is Unknown?

To draw a circle as per known details.

Steps:

\(XY\) is the given line.

\(AB\) is the secant parallel to \(XY,\) \({AB}\parallel {XY}\)

\(AQ\) is the tangent parallel to \(XY,\) \({PQ}\parallel {XY}\)

 

The chapter 10 on Circles begins with the introduction of the relationship with a line and a circle. Then the concept of tangents to a circle and a theorem on the relationship between a tangent and the radius of the circle is presented. Different cases of the number of tangents that can be drawn to a circle and the related theorem is discussed in the later sections of the chapter. Important results regarding the length of the tangents drawn to a circle are also discussed in this chapter. The problems are mainly based on the theorems to determine the properties and length of the tangent drawn to the circle.

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