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## #1 2013-06-18 03:57:49

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i need help with some tangent/circle problems

Two circles have the same center. A chord of the larger circle is tangent to the smaller circle. If the length of the chord is 12, then find the area of the region inside the larger circle but outside the smaller circle.

The circular table in the diagram is pushed tangent to two perpendicular walls. The distances from  on the circumference to the two walls are 27 and 6. What is the radius of the table?

Given regular pentagon ABCDE , a circle can be drawn that is tangent to DC at D and to AB at A. What is the number of degrees in minor arc AD?

Points B and A are on a circle with center at O, and point P is outside the circle such that PA and PB are tangent to the circle. Find AB if PA=12 and the radius of the circle is 9.

I see you have graph paper.
You must be plotting something

## #2 2013-06-18 04:03:00

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Hi

For the first problem I am getting
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For the third problem I am getting
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For the fourth problem, I am getting
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## #3 2013-06-18 04:12:31

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hi Stefy,

I've got Q3.  Cannot understand Q2 at all.  I have four points in a square and that's all.  ??

Bob

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## #4 2013-06-18 04:16:36

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Hi Bob

I have Q3 as well, I was just doing them out of order.

I cannot understand Q2 either. Mazbe we need to see the mentioned diagram to understand what's going on?

Last edited by anonimnystefy (2013-06-18 04:16:58)

The limit operator is just an excuse for doing something you know you can't.
“It's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about!” ― Richard Feynman
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

## #5 2013-06-18 04:18:53

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Hi

Yes, a diagram would help.

I'll post a picture of what I am getting from the Q and maybe cooljackiec can correct it.

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything;  you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

## #6 2013-06-18 04:24:23

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Do you agree with Q3?

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“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

## #7 2013-06-18 04:25:17

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hi cooljackiec

Q2 has stumped us at the moment.  I've made a diagram with a circular table against two walls.  The walls are AB and AD.

We know that the angle at A is 90; and so are the angles at B and D as the walls make tangents.

So ABCD is a square.

So where does the 27 and 6 come from?

Bob

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## #8 2013-06-18 04:26:43

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#### Stefy wrote:

Do you agree with Q3?

Yes!

Are you giving hints about how you did them?

Bob

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## #9 2013-06-18 04:55:41

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Hi cooljackiec;

For Q2:

The circular table in the diagram is pushed tangent to two perpendicular walls. The distances from  on the circumference to the two walls are 27 and 6. What is the radius of the table?

r = 51 and r = 15

we reject r = 15 so the answer is r = 51.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #10 2013-06-18 07:51:14

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Ah, I think I have it. 27 and 6 are the distances of on of the points on the circumference of the table. Figured it out from bobbym's equation. Good job on figuring it out, bobbym!

The limit operator is just an excuse for doing something you know you can't.
“It's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about!” ― Richard Feynman
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

## #11 2013-06-18 08:03:59

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it was correct.

i was also stumped about 27 and 6. the diageam was corect

I see you have graph paper.
You must be plotting something

## #12 2013-06-18 16:55:08

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Second attempt at a diagram.

Is this correct?

Bob

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## #13 2013-06-18 18:14:33

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Hi Bob;

This is what I drew. Circle center on y = x, Circle intersects (6,27) or (27,6). Tangent to the x and y axis.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #14 2013-06-18 19:17:01

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How old is this guy? This corresponds to VN grade 9. The teacher forces my grade 6 son to read the grade 9 textbook. Now he can do it. It looks obvious.

## #15 2013-06-18 19:39:21

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It looks obvious.

It can only be considered obvious if one is willing to accept my interpretaion of it as in post #13.

You see the question is incomplete. It is missing some words.

distances from  on the circumference

between "from" and "on" there is an important phrase missing. This is the confusion!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #16 2013-06-18 19:41:40

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Hi bobbym

If we interpreted the wording correctly (and I believe we have) then I agree with your answer.

The limit operator is just an excuse for doing something you know you can't.
“It's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about!” ― Richard Feynman
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

## #17 2013-06-18 19:49:28

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I agree with his answer too. But the only reason that question did not fall in post #7 was because of the omitted words.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #18 2013-06-18 19:56:41

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Yes, the wording was the cause of the problem.

The limit operator is just an excuse for doing something you know you can't.
“It's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about!” ― Richard Feynman
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

## #19 2013-06-18 20:00:59

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If everybody who posts questions would only learn the simple thing of being accurate they would come away with more than if they learned 100 theorems.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.