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Three Balls

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2



A circle has centre O and $\angle POR = \angle QOR.$

Construct tangents at $P$ and $Q$ meeting at $T$.
Draw a circle with diameter $OT$.
Do $P$ and $Q$ lie inside, or on, or outside this circle?
Explain your answer.

Now imagine a sphere with diameter $OT$.
Do $P$ and $Q$ lie inside, or on, or outside this sphere?
Explain your answer. You may find an interactive hint in the second iteractive problem:


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