web analytics



  1. Chapter 11 Class 10 Constructions
  2. Concept wise
Ask Download


Draw a line segment AB of length 8 cm. Taking A as centre, draw a circle of radius 4 cm and taking B as centre, draw another circle of radius 3 cm. Construct tangents to each circle from the centre of the other circle. The tangents can be constructed on the given circles as follows. Draw a line segment AB of 8 cm. Taking A and B as centre, draw two circles of 4 cm and 3 cm radius. Bisect the line AB. Let the mid-point of AB be C. Taking C as centre, AC as radius, draw a circle which intersects the circles at points P, Q, R, and S. Join BP, BQ, AS, and AR. These are the required tangents. Justification: We need to prove BP and BQ are tangents to larger circle. AS and AR are tangents to smaller circle. Join BS and BR. ∠ASB is an angle in the semi-circle of the blue circle And we know that angle in a  semi-circle is a right angle. ∴ ∠ASB = 90° ⇒ AS ⊥ BS Since BS is the radius of the circle, AS has to be a tangent of the circle. Similarly, AR, BP, BQ are tangents.

About the Author

CA Maninder Singh's photo - Expert in Practical Accounts, Taxation and Efiling
CA Maninder Singh
CA Maninder Singh is a Chartered Accountant for the past 8 years. He provides courses for Practical Accounts, Taxation and Efiling at teachoo.com .