# TANGENTS TO CIRCLES WORKSHEET

## About "Tangents to Circles Worksheet"

Tangents to Circles Worksheet :

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## Tangents to Circles Worksheet - Problems

Problem 1 :

Tell which line or segment is best described as a tangent in the diagram shown below.

Problem 2 :

In the diagram shown below, tell whether the common tangents are internal or external.

Problem 3 :

In the diagram shown below, tell whether the common tangents are internal or external.

Problem 4 :

In the diagram shown below, describe all common tangent and identify the point of tangency.

Problem 5 :

In the diagram shown below, say whether EF is tangent to the circle with center at D.

Problem 6 :

In the diagram shown below, I am standing at C, 8 feet from a grain silo. The distance from me to a point of tangency is 16 feet. What is the radius of the silo ?

Problem 7 :

In the diagram shown below,

SR is tangent at R to the circle with center P

ST is tangent at T to the circle with center P

Prove : SR  ≅  ST

Problem 8 :

In the diagram shown below,

AB is tangent at B to the circle with center at C

AD is tangent at D to the circle with center at C

Find the value of x.

## Tangents to Circles Worksheet - Solution

Problem 1 :

Tell which line or segment is best described as a tangent in the diagram shown below.

Solution :

EG is a tangent, because it intersects the circle in one point.

Problem 2 :

In the diagram shown below, tell whether the common tangents are internal or external.

Solution :

The lines j and k intersect CD, they are common internal tangents.

Problem 3 :

In the diagram shown below, tell whether the common tangents are internal or external.

Solution :

The lines m and n do not intersect AB, so they are common external tangents.

Problem 4 :

In the diagram shown below, describe all common tangent and identify the point of tangency.

Solution :

The vertical line x  =  8 is the only common tangent of the two circles.

The point of tangency is (8, 4).

Note :

The point at which a tangent line intersects the circle to which it is tangent is the point of tangency.

Problem 5 :

In the diagram shown below, say whether EF is tangent to the circle with center at D.

Solution :

We can use the Converse of the Pythagorean Theorem to say whether EF is tangent to circle with center at D.

Because 112 + 602  =  612, ΔDEF is a right triangle and DE is perpendicular to EF.

So by Theorem 2, EF is tangent to the circle with center at D.

Problem 6 :

In the diagram shown below, I am standing at C, 8 feet from a grain silo. The distance from me to a point of tangency is 16 feet. What is the radius of the silo ?

Solution :

By the Theorem 1,  tangent BC is perpendicular to radius AB at B. So ΔABC is a right triangle. So we can use the Pythagorean theorem.

Pythagorean Theorem :

(r + 8)2  =  r2 + 162

Square of binomial :

r2 + 16r + 64  =  r2 + 256

Subtract r2 from each side :

16r + 64  =  256

Subtract 64 from each side :

16r  =  192

Divide each side by 16.

r  =  12

Hence, the radius of the silo is 12 feet.

Problem 7 :

In the diagram shown below,

SR is tangent at R to the circle with center P

ST is tangent at T to the circle with center P

Prove : SR  ≅  ST

Solution :

Problem 8 :

In the diagram shown below,

AB is tangent at B to the circle with center at C

AD is tangent at D to the circle with center at C

Find the value of x.

Solution :

By the Theorem 3, two tangent segments from the same point are congruent.

Substitute :

x2 + 2  =  11

Subtract 2 from each side.

x2  =  9

Take square root on each side.

x  =  ± 3

Hence, the value of x is 3 or -3.

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