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    points (1,2),(3,-4),(5,-6) laying on the circumference of a circle,find the cordinate of centre?
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    Quote Originally Posted by anjana View Post
    points (1,2),(3,-4),(5,-6) laying on the circumference of a circle,find the cordinate of centre?
    Hello, Anjana,

    I assume that the equation of a circle in \mathbb{R}^2 with the centre M(m_1, m_2) is:
    (x-m_1)^2+(y-m_2)^2=r^2

    Now plug in the values yxou know. You'll get 3 equations:

    (1-m_1)^2+(2-m_2)^2=r^2
    (3-m_1)^2+(-4-m_2)^2=r^2
    (5-m_1)^2+(-6-m_2)^2=r^2

    Expand the LHS of these equations. Then substract equ2 from equ1 and equ3 from equ1. You'll get 2 linear equations without any squares which will give you the values of m1 and m2. Afterwards you can calculate the value of r.

    For confirmation only M(11, 2) and r = 10

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    Hello, anjana!

    EB has the best solution.
    Here's another approach . . . requiring more Thinking.


    Points A(1,2),\:B(3,-4),\:C(5,-6) are on the circumference of a circle.
    Find the coordinates of the centre.

    The circumcenter is the intersection of the perpendicular bisectors of the sides.

    The midpoint of AB is (2,-1). The slope of AB is: \frac{-4-2}{3-1} = -3
    The equation of the perpendicular bisector of AB is:
    . .  y - (-1) \:=\:\frac{1}{3}(x - 2)\quad\Rightarrow\quad y\:=\:\frac{1}{3}x - \frac{5}{3}

    The midpoint of BC is (4,-5). The slope of BC is \frac{-6+4}{5-3}\:=\:-1
    The equation of the perpendicular bisector of BC is:
    . . y- (-5) \:=\:1(x-4)\quad\Rightarrow\quad y \:=\:x - 9


    The perpendicular bisectors intersect when:
    . . \frac{1}{3}x - \frac{5}{3}\:=\:x - 9\quad\Rightarrow\quad\boxed{x\,=\,11}

    Then: . y \:=\:11 - 9\quad\Rightarrow\quad\boxed{y \,=\,2}


    Therefore, the center of the circle is: . (11,\,2)

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