Geometry equation of circles
posted by Jimuel on .
Find the equation of the circle that passes through (2,2) and tangent to the line x=1 and x=6.

the two lines are 5 apart, so the radius is 5/2, with the center at (7/2,k) so
(x  7/2)^ + (yk)^2 = (5/2)^2
The point (2,2) is on the line, so
(2  7/2)^2 + (2k)^2 = (5/2)^2
k = 0 or 4
(x  7/2)^2 + (y4)^2 = (5/2)^2
(x  7/2)^2 + y^2 = (5/2)^2
So, the question is misleading. There are two circles that fit the conditions:
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