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Weekly Problem 9 - 2006

weekly problem 9-2006

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Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Two points, one inside a circle and the other outside, are related in the following way :

A line starting at the centre of the circle and passing through the first point ($P$) goes on to pass through the second point ($P'$)

Positions along the line are such that the ratio of $OP$ to the radius of the circle matches the ratio of the radius of the circle to $OP'$

For example if $OP$ happened to be $2/3$ of the radius then $OP'$ would be $3/2$ of the radius.

You can use the interactivity below to help you explore how the positions of a pair of points relate to each other.

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Once you have a feel for that, leave the interactivity and go on to the main problem which is best done by drawing sketches on paper.

In the diagram above, $P$ and $P'$ are a connected pair, and $Q$ and $Q'$ the same, both pairs behaving like the points in the interactivity.

Now for the problem : The radius of the circle is 10 units, $OP$ is 8 units and $OQ$ is 6 units.

If the distance $PQ$ is 5 units what is the distance $P'Q'$?