# Ex.10.2 Q1 Circles Solution - NCERT Maths Class 9

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## Question

Recall that two circles are congruent if they have the same radii. Prove that equal chords of congruent circles subtend equal angles at their centers.

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Ex 10.2 | Question 1

## Text Solution

What is known?

Two circles are congruent if they have same radii.

What is unknown?

Equal chords of congruent circles subtend equal angles at their centers.

Reasoning:

Using chords are equal and the fact that circles are congruent, we prove the statement using Side-Side-Side (SSS criteria) and Corresponding parts of congruent triangles (CPCT).

Steps: Let \begin{align} {QR} \end{align} and \begin{align} {YZ} \end{align} be the equal chords of $$2$$ congruent circles.

\begin{align} {QR = YZ} \end{align}

We need to prove that they subtend equal angles at centre. i.e. \begin{align}\angle{QPR} =\angle {YXZ}\end{align}

We know that the radii of both the circles are equal. So we get:

\begin{align} {PR = PQ = XZ = XY} \end{align}

Consider the $$2$$ triangles \begin{align} \Delta { PQR} \end{align} and \begin{align} \Delta { XYZ} \end{align}.

\begin{align} &{PQ = XY} \qquad \text{(Radii are equal)}\\&{PR = XZ} \qquad \text{(Radii are equal)}\\&{QR = YZ} \qquad \text{(Chords are equal)}\end{align}

By SSS criteria, \begin{align} \Delta\,{PQR}\end{align} is congruent to \begin{align} \Delta\;{XYZ}.\end{align}

So by CPCT (Corresponding parts of congruent triangles) we get \begin{align} \angle{QPR}=\angle{YXZ}.\end{align}

Hence proved that equal chords of congruent circles subtend equal angles at their centres.

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