Past Papers’ Solutions | Assessment & Qualification Alliance (AQA) | AS & A level | Mathematics 6360 | Pure Core 1 (6360-MPC1) | Year 2007 | June | Q#5

 

Question

A circle with centre C has equation  .

a.   Write down:

                           i.       the coordinates of C;

                          ii.       the radius of the circle.

b.    

                           i.       Verify that the point N(0,-2) lies on the circle.

                          ii.       Sketch the circle.

                        iii.       Find an equation of the normal to the circle at the point N.

c.   The point P has coordinates (2, 6).

                           i.       Find the distance PC, leaving your answer in surd form.

                          ii.       Find the length of a tangent drawn from P to the circle.

 

Solution

a.
 

We are given equation of the circle as;

Expression for a circle with center at  and radius  is;

We can write the given equation of the circle in standard form as;

Comparing the equation of the circle with expression for circle;

 

                            i.
 

Coordinates of center of circle .

 

                          ii.
 

Radius
of circle is 5
.

 

b.
 

                                              i.
 

If point N(0,-2) lies on the circle then distance of point P from center of the circle must be equal to  radius of the circle.

Expression to find distance between two given points  and is:

We have two points with coordinates  and . Therefore;

Hence point N(0,-2) lies on the circle.

 

                          ii.
 

We are required to sketch the circle.

ü Find the radius and coordinates of the center of the circle

From (a) we have found that coordinates of center of the circle are  and radius of circle is 5.

ü Indicate the center

ü Mark the four points which show the ends of the horizontal and vertical diameters.

ü Draw the circle to pass through these four points.

ü If any intercepts with the coordinate axes are integers, normally they should also be indicated

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                 iii.
 

We are required to find an equation of the normal to the circle at the point N(0,-2).

The normal at a given point P on a circle with center  is the same as the radius .

Therefore we can write equation of the normal to the circle at point N(0,-2) from equation of the radius of the circle CN. 

We have coordinates of two points on the radius CN as N(0,-2) and C(-3,2).

Two-Point form of the equation of the line is;

Therefore;

c.    

                        i.

Expression to find distance between two given points  and is:

We have two points with coordinates  and . Therefore;

                          ii.
 

Radius is always perpendicular to tangent.

If we have point P(2, 6) outside circle and then a tangent is drawn from point P to the circle, say at point S(x,y), then PS will be always perpendicular to the radius of the circle CS.

This makes a right-triangle CSP with angle CSP=90o. We can apply Pythagoras theorem to the  triangle.

Pythagorean Theorem

We know that  (from (a:ii)), and  (from C:i). Therefore;

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