1. ## geometry question

Given unit circle P. Points A and B are on the circle (r=1), forming an acute angle APB (theta). What line segment is equal to the tangent theta if line segment DC is tanget to circle at point b.

2. ## Re: geometry question

Hello, Pat722!

The directions are somewhat fuzzy.
I may have misinterpreted them.

$\displaystyle \text{Given unit circle }P\text{, points }A,B\text{ are on the circle, forming}$
$\displaystyle \text{acute angle }AP\!B \,=\,\theta.\;\text{What line segment is equal to }\tan\theta$
$\displaystyle \text{if line segment }DC\text{ is tangent to circle at point }B\,?$

I believe the diagram looks like this:
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o
.:
. :
.  :
* * *  A.   :
*          o    o D
*           /   * |
*         1 /     *|
/       |
*          / @      *
*         o - - - - o B
*       P      1    *
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*                 *|
*               * |
*           *   o
* * *       C
We have the unit circle with center $\displaystyle P$ and radii $\displaystyle P\!A = PB = 1.$
$\displaystyle \theta \,=\,\angle AP\!B,\;\theta \,<\,90^o$
$\displaystyle CD$ is tangent to the circle at $\displaystyle B.$
Extend $\displaystyle CD$ to meet $\displaystyle P\!A$ extended at $\displaystyle E.$

Then: .$\displaystyle \tan\theta \,=\,\frac{EB}{1}$

Therefore: .$\displaystyle EB \:=\:\tan\theta$