If you draw a picture, there is a right triangle with two known sides. From there you can find angles, etc.
In general, you are supposed to show some effort.
Sorry what I did was...
Circle center
Radius=2
Let the unknown point of intersection be
Length from circle center to
Since radius=2, the length of the line by pythagoras theorem
then, gradient of the radius from circle center to point of intersection
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With the value of x found, i can find y but the equation of the line i got is different from the answer
Hi punch,
After defining one of the tangency triangles you need to find the altitude on the hypothenuse and the segments it creats on the hypot.A slope of the tangent will then be definable.Next use point slope formula to find the lines.
bjh
I think, by definition, the gradient of line BC is . (Please correct me if I am wrong.) Taken direction into account, . Also, because they are vertical angles. Therefore, the gradient is .
Another way to do this, without (directly) calculating the gradient, is to note that, since the distance from the point of tangency to (4, 0) is , we have, for that angle, C, sin(C)= 2/5 and . It follows from that that cos(A)= 2/5 and .
From those, we can calculate that the coordinates of point B are and then we can find the equation of the line using the "two point" formula.
Hello emarkarov,
In geometry the slope of a line = rise /run so strictly speaking the tangent at C is not the slope but is the same quantity as can be seen when you erect the altitude on hypot of ABC. I admit that geometry today would allow your solution but would be interested in a few replies.
bjh