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In O , chord A B ¯ chord C D ¯ . Radius O E ¯ is perpendicular to A B ¯ and C D ¯ at points M and N , respectively. If O E = 13 , A B = 24 , and C D = 10 , then the distance from O to C D ¯ is greater than the distance from O to A B ¯ . Determine how much farther chord C D ¯ is from center O than chord A B ¯ is from center O ; that is, find M N .

To determine

To find:

The distance chord CD¯ is farther from center O than chord AB¯ is from center O; that is, find MN.

Explanation

Given:

O, chord AB¯ chord CD¯. Radius OE¯ is perpendicular to AB¯ and CD¯ at points M and N, respectively. OE=13, AB=24, and CD=10, such that the distance from O to CD¯ is greater than the distance from O to AB¯.

The figure given below,

Theorem Used:

According to the Pythagorean theorem, in a right-angled triangle,

hypotenuse2=base2+perpendicular2.

Calculation:

Since the chords AB=24, and CD=10 are unequal i.e. mCD¯>mAB¯ and the distance from O to CD¯ is greater than the distance from O to AB¯ i.e. mON¯>mOM¯ and applying Pythagorean theorem from the figure below,

In AOB,

OB¯2=OM¯2+MB¯2 or OM¯=OB¯2MB¯2

And from COD

OC¯2=ON¯2+NC¯2 or ON¯=OC¯2NC¯2

Since OM and ON are perpendicular bisector as a radius perpendicular to a chord bisects the chord and its arc

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