# geometry (3)

• Nov 7th 2009, 06:42 AM
thereddevils
geometry (3)
In the diagram , AOB is a diameter of the circle with centre O . ACX , BDY and DEC are tangents to the circle at A , B and E respectively . Show that

(1) angle COD =90

(2) OC . OD = 1/2 AB . CD
• Nov 7th 2009, 07:22 AM
Hello thereddevils
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Originally Posted by thereddevils
In the diagram , AOB is a diameter of the circle with centre O . ACX , BDY and DEC are tangents to the circle at A , B and E respectively . Show that

(1) angle COD =90

(2) OC . OD = 1/2 AB . CD

Part (1) is like your previous question: Geometry (1). Here's the outline of the proof. I'll leave the details to you. Let $\angle ACO = x, \angle EDO = y$.

Then $\angle ECO = x$ and $\angle BDO = y$ (congruent $\triangle$'s)

Then look at the quadrilateral $ACDB$. Can you see why $2x+2y = 180^o$? Hence $x+y=90^o$. Then look at $\triangle COD$, and you're there.

Part (2) Let $AC = CE = p,\,ED=BD = q,\, AO=EO=BO =r$.

Then look at the areas:

$OC\cdot OD = 2\triangle OCD$
$= 2(\triangle OCE + \triangle ODE)$

$=2(\tfrac12pr + \tfrac12qr)$

$=(p+q)r$

$= \tfrac12CD\cdot AB$