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# Pls Help! I Don't Know How To Do This!

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Let A, B, C be points on circle O such that AB is a diameter, and CO is perpendicular to AB. Let P be a point on OA, and let line CP intersect the circle again at Q. If OP = 20 and PQ = 7, find r^2, where r is the radius of the circle.

Mar 12, 2019

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Let A, B, C be points on circle O such that AB is a diameter, and CO is perpendicular to AB.
Let P be a point on OA, and let line CP intersect the circle again at Q.
If OP = 20 and PQ = 7, find r^2, where r is the radius of the circle.

$$\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline \mathbf{PQ\cdot PC} &\mathbf{=}& \mathbf{AP\cdot PB} \quad | \quad PQ = 7 \\ 7\cdot PC &=& AP\cdot PB \quad | \quad AP = r-OP,\ PB =r+OP \\ 7\cdot PC &=& (r-OP)(r+OP) \quad | \quad PC=\sqrt{OP^2+r^2} \\ 7\cdot \sqrt{OP^2+r^2} &=& (r-OP)(r+OP) \quad | \quad OP = 20 \\ 7\cdot \sqrt{20^2+r^2} &=& (r-20)(r+20) \\ 7\cdot \sqrt{20^2+r^2} &=& r^2-20^2 \\ 7\cdot \sqrt{400+r^2} &=& r^2-400 \quad | \quad \text{square both sides} \\ 49\cdot (400+r^2) &=& (r^2-400)^2 \\ 49\cdot 400+ 49r^2 &=& r^4-800r^2+400^2 \\ r^4-800r^2- 49r^2+400^2-49\cdot 400 &=& 0 \\ r^4-849r^2+400(400-49) &=& 0 \\ r^4-849r^2+400\cdot 351 &=& 0 \\\\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{849\pm\sqrt{849^2-4\cdot 400\cdot 351}}{2} \\ &=& \dfrac{ 849\pm\sqrt{159201} }{2} \\ &=& \dfrac{ 849\pm 399 }{2} \\\\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{ 849+ 399 }{2} \\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{ 1248}{2} \\ \mathbf{r^2} &\mathbf{=}& \mathbf{624}\qquad ( r\approx 25)\\\\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{ 849- 399 }{2} \\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{ 849- 399 }{2} \\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{ 450}{2} \\ r^2 &=& 225 \qquad ( r=15, \ \text{ no solution },\ r > 20! ) \\ \hline \end{array}$$

$$r^2$$ is $$624$$

Mar 13, 2019

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How far have you gotten so far?

Mar 12, 2019
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Let A, B, C be points on circle O such that AB is a diameter, and CO is perpendicular to AB.
Let P be a point on OA, and let line CP intersect the circle again at Q.
If OP = 20 and PQ = 7, find r^2, where r is the radius of the circle.

$$\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline \mathbf{PQ\cdot PC} &\mathbf{=}& \mathbf{AP\cdot PB} \quad | \quad PQ = 7 \\ 7\cdot PC &=& AP\cdot PB \quad | \quad AP = r-OP,\ PB =r+OP \\ 7\cdot PC &=& (r-OP)(r+OP) \quad | \quad PC=\sqrt{OP^2+r^2} \\ 7\cdot \sqrt{OP^2+r^2} &=& (r-OP)(r+OP) \quad | \quad OP = 20 \\ 7\cdot \sqrt{20^2+r^2} &=& (r-20)(r+20) \\ 7\cdot \sqrt{20^2+r^2} &=& r^2-20^2 \\ 7\cdot \sqrt{400+r^2} &=& r^2-400 \quad | \quad \text{square both sides} \\ 49\cdot (400+r^2) &=& (r^2-400)^2 \\ 49\cdot 400+ 49r^2 &=& r^4-800r^2+400^2 \\ r^4-800r^2- 49r^2+400^2-49\cdot 400 &=& 0 \\ r^4-849r^2+400(400-49) &=& 0 \\ r^4-849r^2+400\cdot 351 &=& 0 \\\\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{849\pm\sqrt{849^2-4\cdot 400\cdot 351}}{2} \\ &=& \dfrac{ 849\pm\sqrt{159201} }{2} \\ &=& \dfrac{ 849\pm 399 }{2} \\\\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{ 849+ 399 }{2} \\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{ 1248}{2} \\ \mathbf{r^2} &\mathbf{=}& \mathbf{624}\qquad ( r\approx 25)\\\\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{ 849- 399 }{2} \\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{ 849- 399 }{2} \\ r^2 &=& \dfrac{ 450}{2} \\ r^2 &=& 225 \qquad ( r=15, \ \text{ no solution },\ r > 20! ) \\ \hline \end{array}$$

$$r^2$$ is $$624$$

heureka Mar 13, 2019