Geometry

Within an orthonormal system consider points A(1,4) B(5,1) C(4,8)

(a)Calculate the angle ABC

(b)Show that 3x+4y-19=0 is an equation for line L which passes through A and B

(c)Find a vector equation for line L

(d)(i)give an equation for the circle with the line segment AB as diameter
(ii)Give an equation for the tangent to the circle at the point B

(e)(i)Find the distance from O,the origin,to line L
(ii)Give an equation for the line through O and perpendicular to L
(iii)Find an equation for the smallest circle through circle O which has a segment of L as a diameter

(f)Calculate the area of the triangle
ABC

I need mostly need help on c,d,e

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  1. Vector BA = -4i + 3j
    Vector BC = -1i + 7j
    |BA| = sqrt (16+9) = 5
    |BC| = sqrt (1 + 49) = sqrt (50)=5sqrt2
    BA dot BC = 4+21 = 25
    BA dot BC = |BA| |BC| cos ABC
    so
    25 = 5 * 5 sqrt 2 * cos ABC
    cos ABC = sqrt 2 / 3 = .707
    ABC = 45 degrees

    b
    L is y = -(3/4) x + 19/4
    note slope of vector AB = -3/4
    now does L go through A which is (1,4)?
    4 = -(3/4)x + 19/4
    16 = -3x + 19
    x = 1 sure enough L goes through A and B

    c
    did that right off in A but I did BA = -4i + 3 j
    we want AB = 4i -3j = -BA

    d
    center of circle at center of AB
    x = (5+1)/2 = 3
    y = (4+1)/2 = 2.5
    radius = |BA|/2 = 2.5
    so
    (x-3)^2 +(y-2.5)^2 = 2.5^2 = 6.25
    tangent at B has slope perpendicular to L -1/-(3/4) or 4/3 and goes through B
    y = (4/3) x + b
    1 = (4/3)5 + b
    b = 1 - 20/3 = -17/3
    so y = (4/3) x -17/3
    or 3 y = 4 x - 17


    e
    call line perpendicular to L through the origin P
    equation of P is
    y = m' x + 0 (because through origin b =0)
    m' = -1/slope of L = 4/3
    so
    y = (4/3)x is equation of P (that is e ii by the way
    where does L hit P ?
    (4/3) x = -(3/4) x + 19/4
    (4/3 + 3/4) x = 19/4
    (16 + 9 ) x/12 = 19/4
    25 x = 3*19
    x = 3*19/25
    y = 4*19/25
    the distance from O to that intersection is (19/25)sqrt (3^2+4^2) =(19/25)*5 = 19/5 that is e i answer

    e iii
    well I know center is at x = 3*19/25 and y = 4*19/25 and the radius is 19/5
    so
    (x - 3*19/25)^2 + (y - 4*19/25)^2 = 19^2/25^2

    f
    area = (1/2) |BA||BC| sin ABC
    = (1/2)(5)(5 sqrt 2)(sin45)
    = (25/2) sqrt 2 * 1/sqrt 2
    = 25/2 = 12.5

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