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The general equation is x²+y²=a² where a is the radius. The point lies on the circle, so a²=9²+7²=81+49=130, and the equation x²+y²=130. The tangent is found by differentiating this equation:

x+ydy/dx=0, dy/dx=-x/y=-9/7.

Equation of the tangent is y-7=-9(x-9)/7, y=-9x/7+81/7+7=-9x/7+130/7 or y=(-9x+130)/7.

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