2013 MTAP Saturday Class Challenge Problem Solution Part 2

Previously, we solved problems 1 to 3 of the MTAP Saturday Class S-5 for 4th year. Now let’s continue the problem solving with the rest of the problems.

Problem 6:

If the length of the common chord intersecting circles is 16 feet and the radii are 10 and 17 feet, find the distance between the centers of the circle.

Solution: Draw  and label the figure as shown below

intersecting circles

Since FG=16, FH=HG=8

Observe that \triangle FBH and \triangle FHD are right triangles, thus we can use Pythagorean Theorem to solve for BH and DH.

Solving for BH:





Solving for DH:





The distance between the circles BD=BH+DH

Solving for the distance between two circles we have,




Problem 7:

The shortest distance between from a point to a circle is 6 in. and the greatest distance from the same point to a circle is 24 in. Find the length of the tangent from that point.

Solution: Draw and label the figure accordingly,


In the figure, PA is the shortest distance and PB is the greatest distance. PT is the length of the tangent. We assign it by a variable x.

AO=OT=OB=9 since they are all the radii of the circle.

\triangle PTO is a right triangle with right angle at \angle{PTO}.

Using Pythagorean Theorem in \triangle PTO we have,




\boxed{x=12 in}

Problem 8:

From an external point two secants, PAB and PCD, are drawn, one cutting the circle at A and B, the other cutting it at C and D. If PB=27 in., AB= 21 in., and PC=CD. What is the length of PD?

Solution: Draw and label the figure accordingly as shown below


Using the secant-secant theorem,

PA\cdot PB=PC\cdot PD

6\cdot 27=x\cdot 2x

2\cdot 9^2=2x^2



Since PD=2PC,PD=2\cdot9=\boxed{18 in}



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