This page focuses on the detailed Circles question answers for Class 10 Mathematics Circles, addressing the question: 'How many tangents can a circle have?'. The solution provides a thorough breakdown of the question, highlighting key concepts and approaches to arrive at the correct answer. This easy-to-understand explanation will help students develop better problem-solving skills, reinforcing their understanding of the chapter and aiding in exam preparation.

Question 1

How many tangents can a circle have?

Answer

Circle is the locus of points equidistant from a given point, which is the centre of the circle. And, tangent is the line which intersects a circle at one point only. On these points which touches at only one point. Hence, a circle can have infinite tangents.

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(i) x

^{2}– 2x – 8 (ii) 4s^{2}– 4s + 1 (iii) 6x^{2}– 3 – 7x (iv) 4u^{2}+ 8u (v) t^{2 }– 15 (vi) 3x^{2 }– x – 4 - Q:-
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Fill in the blanks :

(i) A tangent to a circle intersects it in

(ii) A line intersecting a circle in two points is called a

(iii) A circle can have

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