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1 Circles ARML Practice 12/08/2013

2 Solutions Warm-up problems 1 A circular arc with radius 1 inch is rocking back and forth on a flat table. Describe the path traced out by the tip. 2 A circle of radius 4 is externally tangent to a circle of radius 9. A line is tangent to both circles and touches them at points A and B. What is the length of AB?

3 Solutions Warm-up solutions 1 A horizontal line 1 inch above the table. 2 Let X and Y be the centers of the circle. Lift AB to XZ as in the diagram below. Y X Z A B Then XY = 4 +9 = 13, YZ = 9 4 = 5, and XZ = AB. Because XZ 2 +YZ 2 = XY 2, we get XZ = AB = 12.

4 Problem Solution Challenge Many tangent circles Shown below is the densest possible packing of 13 circles into a square. If the radius of a circle is 1, find the side length of the square.

5 Problem Solution Challenge Many tangent circles: Solution ABC is equilateral with side length 2, so C is 3 units above A. ACD is isosceles, so D is 3 units above C, and finally E is 2 units above D. So AE = , and the square has side E D A C B

6 Problem Solution Challenge More tangent circles For a real challenge, try eleven circles. Yes, two of those are loose. The solution is approximately but not quite 7; you can use this to check your answer.

7 Facts : solutions Facts about angles Definition. We say that the measure of an arc of the circle is the measure of the angle formed by the radii to its endpoints. A A 2 C A 1 C 2 B B C 1 Theorem 1. If A, B, and C are points on a circle, ABC = 1 2AC. Theorem 2. If lines from point ( B intersect a circle at A 1,A 2 and C 1,C 2, A 1 BC 1 = A 2 BC 2 = 1 2 A 2 C 2 A ) 1 C 1.

8 Facts : solutions : problems 1 A hexagon ABCDEF (not necessarily regular) is inscribed in a circle. Prove that A + C + E = B + D + F. 2 In the diagram below, PA and PB are tangent to the circle with center O. A third tangent line is then drawn, interesecting PA and PB at X and Y. Prove that the measure of XOY does not change if this tangent line is moved. B Y O P X A

9 Facts : solutions Solutions ( 1 By Theorem 1, A = 1 2 BC + CD + DE + EF ) and similarly for other angles. If we add up such equations for A + C + E, we get AB + BC + CD + DE + EF + AF = 360, and the same for B + D + F. 2 Let Z be the point at which XY is tangent to the circle. Then XAO and XZO are congruent, because AO = ZO, XO = XO, and XAO = XZO = 90. ZOX = XOA, and both are equal to 1 2 ZOA. Similarly, ZOY = YOB, and both are equal to 1 2 ZOB. Adding these together, we get XOY = 1 2 AOB, which does not depend on the position of the tangent line.

10 Facts Solutions Theorem 3. Two lines through a point P intersect a circle at points X 1,Y 1 and X 2,Y 2 respectively. Then PX 1 PY 1 = PX 2 PY 2. X 2 Y 1 P X 1 Y 1 Y 2 P X 1 X 2 Y 2 One way to think about this is that the value PX PY you get by choosing a line through P does not depend on the choice of line, only on P itself. This value is called the power of P.

11 Facts Solutions : problems 1 Assume P is inside the circle for concreteness. Prove that PX 1 X 2 and PY 2 Y 1 are similar. Deduce Theorem 3. 2 Two circles (not necessarily of the same radius) intersect at points A and B. Prove that P is a point on AB if and only if the power of P is the same with respect to both circles. 3 Three circles (not necessarily of the same radius) intersect at a total of six points. For each pair of circles, a line is drawn through the two points where they intersect. Prove that the three lines drawn meet at a common point, or are parallel.

12 Facts Solutions : solutions 1 X 1 PX 2 and Y 1 PY 2 are vertical, and therefore equal. PX 1 X 2 and PY 2 Y 1 both intercept arc X 2 Y 1, so they are both equal by Theorem 1. So the triangles are similar. Therefore PX 1 PX 2 = PY 2 PY 1, and we get Theorem 3 by cross-multiplying. 2 If P is on AB, the line PA intersects either circle at A and B, so the power of P is PA PB. But if P is not on AB, the line PA does not pass through B: it intersects one circle at X and another at Y, so the power of P is PA PX for one circle and PA PY for the other. 3 If any two lines intersect, the point of intersection will have the same power for all three circles, so it lies on all three lines by the previous problem.

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