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## High school geometry

### Course: High school geometry > Unit 8

Lesson 10: Properties of tangents- Proof: Radius is perpendicular to tangent line
- Determining tangent lines: angles
- Determining tangent lines: lengths
- Proof: Segments tangent to circle from outside point are congruent
- Tangents of circles problem (example 1)
- Tangents of circles problem (example 2)
- Tangents of circles problem (example 3)
- Tangents of circles problems
- Challenge problems: radius & tangent
- Challenge problems: circumscribing shapes

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# Determining tangent lines: angles

Solve two problems that apply properties of tangents to determine if a line is tangent to a circle.

## Problem 1

## Problem 2

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- In the second solution why isn't it a tangent of O when it intersects at one point C?(28 votes)
- That's a good question, because point C is so clearly labeled, that it looks like that's the ONLY point of contact. But just because point C is labeled, doesn't mean it's the only point of contact, therefore it might not be a point of tangency, as we see from the angles. :-)(11 votes)

- The first question answer is totally wired. If the reason of line
**AC**to be tangent to O**circle**is because AC**line**perpendicular to OC**line**, then I can disprove that by shortening the length of OC**line**.*The first answer is more reasonable to me.*

(7 votes)`OC`

is a radius, to arbitrarily shorten it would completely alter the illustration. To test for perpendicularity, compute the unknown angle from the known angles:`32 + 58 + x = 180`

if`x = 90º`

, then you have conclusively proven perpendicularity.(11 votes)

- If right triangle are other 2 angles 45 degrees(0 votes)
- Not necessarily. The other two angles could be any numbers as long as they add up to 90 degrees.(20 votes)

- How do you know that a line is a tangent?(1 vote)
- It's
**Tangent if…**, (therefore is perpendicular to the radius).

• it intersects at*only one point*on the circumference,*AND*

• it*creates 90° angle with the radius*

Notice the**reference image is a "not to scale figure",**, so it is inaccurate, and*it only gives a semblance of the lines positions***only used for visual cues to line arrangements**, not to indicate all the intersection points, not to estimate angles.

So, we know both of**these lines**, (in these questions),**pass through a point on the circumference**,*but we can't tell if that's the only point by just looking at an imprecise reference picture*, so**check to see if a 90° is made between line and radius**.

In these questions,**only by doing the calculation can we know****if the line meets the definition as Tangent**.

✯**Tangent**is to be both traits:

•**single circumference intersect**

•**perpendicular with radius**, (drawn from intersection point), therefore creates 90° angle

✯Never rely on a "Not to Scale Figure" to draw a conclusion,*always check by calculating the given values*.

(ㆁωㆁ) Hope this helps.(7 votes)

- How can we prove a perpendicular bisectors of chord of a circle passes through centre.(2 votes)
- Do not up-vote this. It is incorrect, but the comment just below is correct.

I think it is not necessarily true that a perpendicular bisector of a chord of a circle will always pass through the center. It could be to one side or another of the center. This article is about tangents, which must be perpendicular to the circle's radius at the point that it comes in contact with the circle.(4 votes)

- What is an easy way to remember this if I am learning like three other things at a time(1 vote)
- When you're learning several things at once, it can also help to connect the new ideas to others that you already have. Did you ever use regular polygons with lots of sides to approximate the area or the perimeter of a circle? If you did, you drew lots of tangent lines to the circle, and you figured out the measurements of the polygon by drawing right triangles using the radius as one side of the triangle and sections of a tangent line as another side. So remembering that picture can help us remember that the line tangent to a circle at a point is at a right angle to the radius that touches the same point.

You could also try watching the video*Proof:*. It shows you a way of convincing yourself that the tangent line must be perpendicular to the radius.

Radius is perpendicular to tangent line(5 votes)

- If a line is tangent to a circle, does that mean that the point of intersection between the line and the circle is also a right angle?(3 votes)
- how do you now that triangles in a circle are alternate if no sides where given ?(1 vote)
- I have a pretest on lines and angles and I can't find nothing to help me understand it, I am so confused.(3 votes)