# Write the equation of a circle with centre (3,-1) which is tangent to the line y=x+2?

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**Question:**

Write the equation of a circle

with centre

tangent to the line

**To start, we can use the general form of circle equation:**

Center located at:

Radius:

**Doing a little planning.**

We need to find the distance between the line, L, and the center, C.

That distance is to be measured along a line perpendicular to L and passing through C, since the radius of a circle is perpendicular to a tangent line at the point of contact.

- The definition of the distance between a point and a line is the measure of a segment drawn from the point perpendicular to the line.

**The perpendicular line, # L_"perp " #, has slope that is the negative reciprocal of the slope of the line.**

In our case, this line must pass thorough

L has slope 1, so the slope of

Point-slope form:

Subtract 1 from each side.

**P will be located at the intersection of # L_"perp" # and L.**

Find the y-coordinate for P.

**Calculate the distance between P and C and use it to complete the formula for the circle.**

{This is the radius of the circle.}

We don't need to calculate the number, since we are going to use

**We are ready for the final result.**

Graph.

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#(x-3)^2+(y+1)^2=18#

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Given -

Centre of the circle

Equation of the tangent line -

We have to find the radius of the circle.

Find the equation of the line passing through point of tangency and the centre. It cuts the tangent at 90 degrees.

The slope of the tangent is

The slope of the required line is

Fond the equation of the required line

#mx+c=y#

#-1(3)+c=-1#

#-3+c=-1#

#c=-1+3=2#

#c=2#

#y=-x+2# ---------------(2)

Find the point where both the lines cut each other.

#y=x+2# --------------- (1)

#y=-x+2# ---------------(2) add both

#2y=4#

#y=4/2=2#

Substitute

#2=x+2#

#x=2-2=0#

The two lines cut at

Distance between

#r^2=(x_1-x_2)^2+(y_1-y_2)^2#

#r^2=(0-3)^2+(2-(-1))^2#

#r^2=(-3)^2+(2+1)^2=9+9=18#

We have Centre and radius squared

The equation is -

#(x-h)^2+(y-k)^2=r^2#

#(x-3)^2+(y+1)^2=18#

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The equation of a circle centred at the point

Where

Hence, this question asks us to find

We know that the line

Note that this line has a slope of

We also know that the slope of any circle centred at

Since the tangent touches the circle at a point where the circle has a slope of 1, we can replace

Now, since

Finally, we can arrive at

Hence, the equation of our circle is:

This is depicted graphically below.

graph{((x-3)^2+(y+1)^2-18)(x+2-y)=0 [-18.34, 17.68, -6.8, 11.23]}

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