**Problem 8:**

Two parallel chords of a circle have length $10$ and $14$. The distance between them is $6$. The chord parallel to these chords and half way between them has length $\sqrt a$. Find $a$.

Two parallel chords of a circle have length $10$ and $14$. The distance between them is $6$. The chord parallel to these chords and half way between them has length $\sqrt a$. Find $a$.

In common sense,a=144.

How much a chord goes near to the center parallel to its previous position,it is increased in both sides equally.

I'm trying to get a perfect geometric solution...

How much a chord goes near to the center parallel to its previous position,it is increased in both sides equally.

I'm trying to get a perfect geometric solution...

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- Tahmid Hasan
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my ans is 184 and it has a very tough geometric logic and many cases

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'Very tough geometric logic'-i don't understand that word.....

Sorry, its wrong Its better if you try to find some logical solution. Sometimes some properties seem obvious to us, but don't believe those until you get a proof.photon wrote:...

How much a chord goes near to the center parallel to its previous position,it is increased in both sides equally.

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Let O be the center of the circle and AL, BM, CN be the 3 chords such that AL=14, BM=\[\sqrt{a}\] and CN=10. Let OD, OE, OF be perpendiculars on AL, BM, CN respectively. Let OD=P, then OE=P+3 and OF=P+6[considering that they are all on the same side of the diameter].

As OD, OE, OF are perpendiculars on AL, BM, CN respectively from center O, so AD=7, BE=\[\frac{\sqrt{a}}{2}\] and CF=5. If we connect O with the points A, B, C we get OA=OB=OC=R(Radius of the circle).

Now using Pythagoras's Theorem we get,

\[OA^2=OD^2+AD^2\: \Rightarrow R^2=P^2+49\]....... (i)

\[OB^2=OE^2+BE^2\: \Rightarrow R^2=(P+3)^2+(\frac{\sqrt{a}}{2})^2\: \Rightarrow R^2=P^2+6P+9+\frac{a}{4}\]...... (ii)

\[OC^2=OF^2+CF^2\: \Rightarrow R^2=(P+6)^2+5^2 \: \Rightarrow R^2=P^2+12P+61\]....... (iii)

From (i) and (iii) we get,

\[P^2+49=P^2+12P+61\: \Rightarrow 12P=-12\: \Rightarrow P=-1\]

Here negative value of P means that AL is on the other side of the diameter than BM and CN.

From (i) and (ii) we get,

\[P^2+49=P^2+6P+9+\frac{a}{4}\: \Rightarrow \frac{a}{4}=40-6P\: \Rightarrow \frac{a}{4}=40-6\times ({-1})\: \Rightarrow \frac{a}{4}=46\: \Rightarrow a=184.......\]

And it's the answer.........

As OD, OE, OF are perpendiculars on AL, BM, CN respectively from center O, so AD=7, BE=\[\frac{\sqrt{a}}{2}\] and CF=5. If we connect O with the points A, B, C we get OA=OB=OC=R(Radius of the circle).

Now using Pythagoras's Theorem we get,

\[OA^2=OD^2+AD^2\: \Rightarrow R^2=P^2+49\]....... (i)

\[OB^2=OE^2+BE^2\: \Rightarrow R^2=(P+3)^2+(\frac{\sqrt{a}}{2})^2\: \Rightarrow R^2=P^2+6P+9+\frac{a}{4}\]...... (ii)

\[OC^2=OF^2+CF^2\: \Rightarrow R^2=(P+6)^2+5^2 \: \Rightarrow R^2=P^2+12P+61\]....... (iii)

From (i) and (iii) we get,

\[P^2+49=P^2+12P+61\: \Rightarrow 12P=-12\: \Rightarrow P=-1\]

Here negative value of P means that AL is on the other side of the diameter than BM and CN.

From (i) and (ii) we get,

\[P^2+49=P^2+6P+9+\frac{a}{4}\: \Rightarrow \frac{a}{4}=40-6P\: \Rightarrow \frac{a}{4}=40-6\times ({-1})\: \Rightarrow \frac{a}{4}=46\: \Rightarrow a=184.......\]

And it's the answer.........