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Asked by nikitakoolkarni | 23rd Feb, 2010, 04:26: PM

Expert Answer:

AB and CD are the two  direct common tangents to the two circles.

Let the two tangent meet at an external point P.

Then, PA = PC .....(1) (tangents from an external point P are equal)

Also, PB = PD .........(2) (tangents from an external point P are equal)

Now, subtracting (2) from(1), we have

PA - PB = PC - PD

AB = CD

Similarly if the two tangents are transverse common tangent.

Then we will need to add the two tangents to the two given circles to get the required result.

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Answered by  | 24th Feb, 2010, 12:27: PM

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