Draw a pair of tangents to a circle of radius 5 cm which are inclined to each other at an angle of 60°.
Draw a pair of tangents to a circle of radius 5 cm which are inclined to each other at an angle of 60°.
Construction Procedure:
The tangents can be constructed in the following manner:
1. Draw a circle of radius 5 cm and with centre as O.
2. Take a point Q on the circumference of the circle and join OQ.
3. Draw a perpendicular to QP at point Q.
4. Draw a radius OR, making an angle of 120° i.,e (180°−60°) with OQ.
5. Draw a perpendicular to RP at point R.
6. Now both the perpendiculars intersect at point P.
7. Therefore, PQ and PR are the required tangents at an angle of 60°.
The construction can be justified by proving that ∠QPR = 60°
By our construction
∠OQP = 90°
∠ORP = 90°
And ∠QOR = 120°
We know that the sum of all interior angles of a quadrilateral = 360°
∠OQP+∠QOR + ∠ORP +∠QPR = 360^{o}
90°+120°+90°+∠QPR = 360°
Therefore, ∠QPR = 60°

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