Draw a circle of radius 4cm.Take a point P outside the circle.Without using the centre of the circle,draw 2 tangents to the circle from point P.Please write the justification for the above construction.

Step 1

Draw a circle of radius 4 cm

Step 2

Take a point P outside this circle and take two chords QR and ST.

Step 3

Draw perpendicular bisectors of these chords. Let them intersect each other at point O.

Step 4

Join PO and bisect it. Let U be the mid-point of PO. Taking U as centre, draw a circle of radius OU, which will intersect the circle at V and W. Join PV and PW.

PV and PW are the required tangents.

justification :

The construction can be justified by proving that PV and PW are the tangents to the circle. For this, first of all, it has to be proved that O is the centre of the circle. Let us join OV and OW.

We know that perpendicular bisector of a chord passes through the centre. Therefore, the perpendicular bisector of chords QR and ST pass through the centre. It is clear that the intersection point of these perpendicular bisectors is the centre of the circle. ∠PVO is an angle in the semi-circle. We know that an angle in a semi-circle is a right angle.

∴ ∠PVO = 90°

⇒ OV ⊥ PV

Since OV is the radius of the circle, PV has to be a tangent of the circle. Similarly, PW is a tangent of the circle.


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