Q. 263.8( 5 Votes )

# In Fig. 5, PQ is

PT is perpendicular to OP (Tangents are always perpendicular to the center)

PQ is perpendicular to OT (The line joining the Point of contact of common tangents with the center is perpendicular to the common tangent)

Let length of PT be x and length of RT be y

Since PR is perpendicular to OT so by using Pythagoras theorem we calculate OR

Length of PR = 4 cm (Half of PQ)

OR2 = 52 - 42

OR = 3 cm

Using Pythagoras theorem:

PR2 + RT2 = PT2

16 + y2 = x2 … Equation(i)

PT2 + OP2 = OT2

x2 + 52 = (3 + y)2

x2 + 52 = 9 + y2 + 6y

Putting the value of x2 from equation (i) we get

16 + y2 + 52 = 9 + y2 + 6y

6y = 32

y =

Putting the above value in Equation (i) we get

Answer: The length of PT =

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