Chapter 6.3, Problem 39E

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The center of a circle of radius 2 inches is at a distance of 10 inches from the center of a circle of radius length 3 inches. To the nearest tenth of an inch, what is the approximate length of a common internal tangent? Use the hint provided in Exercise 38.

*(HINT: use similar triangles to find OD and DP. Then apply the Pythagorean Theorem twice.)*

To determine

**To find:**

To find length of a common internal tangent.

Explanation

Given that, the center of a circle of radius 2 in. is at a distance of 10 in. from the center of a circle of radius length 3 in.

That is

The diagrammatic representation is given below,

Since

Using the vertical angle theorem to get the following,

Therefore,

If two triangles are similar, then the ration of any two corresponding segments (such as altitudes, medians, or angle bisectors) equals the ratio of any two corresponding sides.

We know that,

Substitute this in the above equation to get the following,

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