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    Circle/linear intersection proof

    Hi all,

    Prove that, for any value of c, the circle whose equation is (x+c)^2+(y-c)^2=c^2 touches both the x-axis and the y-axis.

    Is it enough here to show that b^2-4ac=0 when either linear equation x=0, y=0 is plugged into the the circle equation.

    discriminant in both cases is 4c^2-4c^2=0

    or is this incorrect?

    thanks sammy
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    The Equation circle centered at (m, n) wibth radius R is :

    (x-m)^2+(y-n)^2 = R^2

    Since comparative data circuit is :

    (x+c)^2+(y-c)^2 = c^2

    After all, this is a circle centered at the point (c, c-) with radius | c |.



    I think that this trick question ... To know that the radius must always be positive that this is a definition (c tells us that real, not a given that the charges). For c = 0 of course it is a circle centered at the origin and radius 0, ie a point so it meets the conditions are empty. Any c different from 0 (positive or negative) point (c, c-) of course exists, then there is only that | c | then there is always such a positive cycle
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    Hello, sammy28!

    Prove that, for any value of c, the circle (x+c)^2+(y-c)^2\:=\:c^2
    touches both the x-axis and the y-axis.

    Let y = 0\!:\;\;(x+c)^2 + (-c)^2 \:=\:c^2 \quad\Rightarrow\quad (x+c)^2 \:=\:0

    . . . . . . . . . . x+c \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad x \:=\:-c

    The circle has one x-intercept; it is tangent to the x-axis.



    Let x = 0\!:\;\;(c)^2 + (y-c)^2 \:=\:c^2 \quad\Rightarrow\quad (y-c)^2 \:=\:0

    . . . . . . . . . . y-c \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad y \:=\:c

    The circle has one y-intercept; it is tangent to the y-axis.



    Edit: I corrected my typos.
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    Last edited by Soroban; July 28th 2010 at 06:53 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soroban View Post

    Let x = 0\!:\;\;(c)^2 + (x-c)^2 \:=\:c^2 \quad\Rightarrow\quad (x-c)^2 \:=\:0

    . . . . . . . . . . x-c \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad x \:=\:c

    The circle has one y-intercept; it is tangent to the y-axis.
    thanks yehoram and soroban . I like soroban's answer since it states the exact equations for all values of c.

    i think the above should be

    Let x = 0\!:\;\;(c)^2 + (y-c)^2 \:=\:c^2 \quad\Rightarrow\quad (y-c)^2 \:=\:0

    . . . . . . . . . . y-c \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad y \:=\:c

    The circle has one y-intercept; it is tangent to the y-axis.
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