Is a cylinder applicable to have tangents ? If so how many and where would the tangents be located ?

Asked by raghavdinesh | 1st Mar, 2015, 08:54: PM

Expert Answer:

All the figures, whether they are two dimensional or three dimensional, are applicable to have tangents.
And there are infinite number of tangents to the cylinder at a point, because cylinder is a three dimensional figure.
For circle, there can be only one tangent to the circle from a point P on the circle.
But since cylinder is a three dimensional figure, infinite number of tangents can be drawn to it at a point P on the cylinder.
Consider the following figure and observe.

Answered by Vimala Ramamurthy | 2nd Mar, 2015, 10:56: AM

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