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The problem says that a circle is inscribed in an isosceles trapezoid which means that there is a restriction of some kind on the trapezoid in order to be true, he is just asking in another way what height would it be for the circle to be inscribed.
Of course a height of 3000 for the isosceles trapezoid could not be circumscribed in any circle,just imagine it.
Another problem let's say. find the area of rectangle of width 5 inscribed in a circle of radius 6.5. Do we say that we have missing information for the length to solve it, or the restriction given to the problem solves the length of the rectangle and thus the problem.
From symmetry reasons, a perpendicular from the middle of base AB to the middle of base DC will divide the circle to two equal pieces.
The crucial thing to understand inorder to solve this question, is that MB, which is half of AB and equals to 4, is also equal to BP, where P is the point where the circle touches BC.
Two tangents to a circle from the same point are equal.
Once you find this, the question is easily solved.
Equally important is to realize that an altitude from B to NC should be drawn, parallel and equal to the diameter, to form a triangle...then it becomes sort of easy. The difficulty lies in knowing what 'extra' work we have to do the diagram to solve the problem out - in other words, what the stem offers you may be good but not enough!
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