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Orthogonal Circle

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Call the centre of the orthogonal circle $(h, k)$ and the radius $r$ (equal to $CA$ in triangle $ABC$). Use Pythagoras' Theorem for triangle $ABC$ to write down an equation. In a similar way find equations using the other two circles.