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Show that the line y=3x-10 is a tangent to the circle x2+y2=10
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To show a line is a tangent to a circle, show one of two things:
1. A point of intersection
2. Show the distance from the centre of the circle to the tangent is r.

One easy way it to substitute the line in to the circle. Make the straight line equal to y & x, and then plug in to the equation of the circle respectively.
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To show a line is a tangent to a circle, show one of two things:
1. A point of intersection
2. Show the distance from the centre of the circle to the tangent is r.

One easy way it to substitute the line in to the circle. Make the straight line equal to y & x, and then plug in to the equation of the circle respectivel
After I substitute the straight line equation into the circle equation how do I 'show' that y=3x-10 is a tangent
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After I substitute the straight line equation into the circle equation how do I 'show' that y=3x-10 is a tangent
Well if it's a tangent it has one point of intersection, by substituting in for x and y. You're finding that one point hence proving it's a tangent. We know it's a linear/straight too.
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After I substitute the straight line equation into the circle equation how do I 'show' that y=3x-10 is a tangent
By proving there is a single solution to the leftover quadratic
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After I substitute the straight line equation into the circle equation how do I 'show' that y=3x-10 is a tangent
How do we show a quadratic equation has two equal roots without solving it?
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Would you use the quadratic equation?
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By proving there is a single solution to the leftover quadratic
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Well if it's a tangent it has one point of intersection, by substituting in for x and y. You're finding that one point hence proving it's a tangent. We know it's a linear/straight too.
Ahh okay, I understand
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solve the system of simultaneous equations. Now if the line is not tangent, it either does not intersect or intersects twice. So there should only be one unique solution for the equation.
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