This question is from coordinate geometry, circles. I hope you can answer this.
asked Nov 15, 2016

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The general equation of a circle is (x-h)^2+(y-k)^2=r^2, where r=radius and (h,k) is the centre.

We know the circle passes through two points so we substitute the coords in the equation:

(3,0): (3-h)^2+k^2=r^2

(1,2): (1-h)^2+(k-2)^2=r^2

(3-h)^2+k^2=(1-h)^2+(k-2)^2; 9-6h+h^2+k^2=1-2h+h^2+k^2-4k+4; 9-6h=1-2h-4k+4.

4=4h-4k, h-k=1, k=h-1.

But we also know the point (3,0) is tangential to the circle so the radius has an x-coord of 3 because the radius is at right angles to the tangent. But h is the x coord of the centre so h=3 and k must therefore be 2.

So now we have (x-3)^2+(y-2)^2=r^2. Plug in the point (3,0): 4=r^2 (radius=2).

(x-3)^2+(y-2)^2=4 is the equation. We get the same result if we plug in (1,2): 4=r^2.

answered Nov 16, 2016 by Top Rated User (442,500 points)

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