Posted by gabs on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 10:56pm.
sub in the straight line into the circle
x^2 + (x+b)^2 = 36
x^2 + x^2 + 2bx + b^2 - 36 = 0
for one solution the discriminant, that is
b^2 - 4ac = 0
(2b)^2 - 4(2)(b^2-36) = 0
4b^2 - 8b^2 + 288=-
-4b^2 = -288
b^2 = 72
b = ± √72 or ± 6√2
Draw two tangents to the circle x^2+y^2=6^2 parallel to the line y=x in the second and fourth quadrants.
b is y-intercept of these tangents.
Сonsider the algebraic method.
Find the coordinates of common points of the line and circle:
Since the line is tangent then the equation has unique solution =>
the discriminant (2b)^2-4*2(b^2-36)=0
b=6sqrt(2) or b=-6sqrt(2)
Consider the geometric method.
b(b>0)- is the leg in a isosceles rectangular triangle with height=6
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