Question

An equilateral triangle is inscribed in the circle x2 + y2 = a2 with the vertex at (a, 0). The equation of the side opposite to this vertex is

Solution

Correct option is

2x + a = 0

A (a, 0) be the vertex of the equilateral triangles ABC inscribed in the circle x2 + y2 = a2

Let M be the middle point of the side BC, then MOA is perpendicular to BC and O being the centroid of the triangle

OA = 2 (OM) (Fig.)    

So if (hk) be the coordinates of M,  

                 

  

and hence the equation of BC is x = –a/2

or 2x + a = 0. 

                                                                         

SIMILAR QUESTIONS

Q1

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Q2

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Q3

If OA and OB are the tangents from the origin to the circle x2 + y2 + 2gx + 2fy + c = 0, and C is the centre of the circle, the area of the quadrilateral OACB is 

Q4

The angle between a pair of tangents drawn from a point P to the circle x2 + y2 + 4x – 6y + 9 sin2α + 13 cos2α = 0 is 2α. The equation of the locus of the point P is

Q5

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Q6

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Q7

If common chord of the circle C with centre at (2, 1) and radius r and the circle x2 + y2 – 2x – 6y + 6 = 0 is a diameter of the second circle, then the value of r is  

Q8

Tangents drawn from the point P(1, 8) to the circle x2 + y2 – 6x – 4y – 11 = 0 touch the circle at the points A and B. The equation of the circumcircle of the triangle in PAB is

Q9

Let ABCD be a quadrilateral with area 18, with side AB parallel to CD and AB = 2CD. Let AD be perpendicular to AB and CD. If a circle is drawn inside the quadrilateral ABCD touching all the sides, then its radius is

Q10

The lines 2x – 3y = 5 and 3x – 4y = 7 are the diameters of a circle of area 154 square units. An equation of this circle is (π = 22/7)