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## #26 2014-01-31 05:10:21

bobbym

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### Re: Circles #3

The drawing will make it clear but I can not get it in there.

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.

## #27 2014-01-31 05:10:23

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### Re: Circles #3

hi Agnishom,

Alternate segment theorem?

Haven't used this for years.

EDIT: earlier error corrected.

In any circle, centre A, EF a tangent at F, D some point on the circle:

Let EFD = x              =>      FCD = x (5th angle property of a circle)

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic … 88#p220488

Now consider the triangles EFC and EDF

angle E is common,  and EFD = FCE = x

So EFC and EDF are similar

=> ED/EF = EF/EC  => ED.EC = EF^2

Similarly ED.EC  = EG^2

=> EF = EG

Thanks Phro.

Bob

Last edited by bob bundy (2014-01-31 05:22:24)

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## #28 2014-01-31 06:42:53

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### Re: Circles #3

I think the diagram here does what you wanted in post 14.  I need to think some more about whether it is ok or  a cheat.  You see as the equal property holds there's a danger with trying to construct a diagram that genuinely shows this as opposed to one that just looks right.

Anyway here's what I did.

(i) Join A to E, construct the midpoint and hence construct a circle with AE as diameter which makes EF a tangent to the original circle.

(ii) Do the same with the second circle to get G.

(iii) Find H the other point on the first circle which will make a tangent EH.

(iv) Bisect angle HEG.

(v) Find J where this bisector cuts BG.

(vi) Construct the circle with J as centre and with EG and EH as tangents.

Then EF = EH and EG = EH => EF = EG as required.

Bob

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## #29 2014-01-31 07:22:58

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### Re: Circles #3

No it doesn't work.

I repeated the construction but with E not on CB.

The diagram is somewhat complicated so I've tried to colour code it.  The dotted circles are just there to fix the points F and G.

H is the second tangent point as before.  The red circle does have both the line EH and the line EG as tangents but not both of G and H are the actual tangent contact points.  I've chosen to make G one such point and you can see that H is not the other.  Big red arrow.

This just shows how careful you have to be proving things.  The result is true when E is on CB so that diagram looks ok.  But this diagram shows that the construction is in-valid.

Bob

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## #30 2014-01-31 12:01:51

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### Re: Circles #3

That is not a big deal, we can change that line to: Draw a circle touching EH and EG and H and G only.

(It is still cheating, because we do not know if that can be done.)

What about bobbym's proof? He still did not tell me why those points must coincide.

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## #31 2014-01-31 12:18:53

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### Re: Circles #3

Hi Bob,

Ggrr.  If only I had gone surfing.  But the sea temperature is around 9 C.  Ugh!

The water temperature is very bearable down here!

But the air temp isn't! We've had quite a few 40+ days lately, so the aircond's been working flat out (and thank goodness it's working!!)

The beach pics are ones I took of Bondi (Sydney) last November.

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## #32 2014-01-31 13:22:28

bobbym

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### Re: Circles #3

Nice scenery, looks like Florida.

#### Agnishom wrote:

What about bobbym's proof? He still did not tell me why those points must coincide.

I think that is the easiest part, they are constructed to coincide. See the other thread.

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.