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    Given the equation of a circle is x^2+(y-6)^2=8.

    And the equation of a second circle is x^2+y^2=6y+d, where d is an integer, is the reflection of the circle x^2+(y-6)^2=8 about the line y=k, find the values of k and of d
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    Move the 6y on the same side as y^2 and complete the square for y, to get it in the same form as your first given equation.

    Since the second one is a reflection of the first one, their radius is the same, you can find d.

    Then, find the midpoint of the centres of the two circles. This will give you the value of k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punch View Post
    Given the equation of a circle is x^2+(y-6)^2=8.

    And the equation of a second circle is x^2+y^2=6y+d, where d is an integer, is the reflection of the circle x^2+(y-6)^2=8 about the line y=k, find the values of k and of d
    x^2+y^2=6y+d\Rightarrow x^2+(y-3)^2=d+9.

    Since transformation is reflection, then both circles must have the same radius, hence 8=d+9\Rightarrow d=-1.

    Both circles have its center on the y-axis C_1(0,6) and C_2(0,3) so k=\frac{6+3}{2}=\frac{9}{2}.
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