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Does curve (x-a)^2 + (y-b)^2 = 16 intersect the Y axis? 1.

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Does curve (x-a)^2 + (y-b)^2 = 16 intersect the Y axis?

1. a^2 + b^2 > 16
2. a = |b| + 5
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B.

(x-a)^2 + (y-b)^2 = 16 means circle in center (a,b) and radius of 4.

1. a^2 + b^2 > 16
a=0: intersect
b=0: the circle does not intersect
INSUFF

2. a = |b| + 5 ==> a>5>4 the circle does not intersect
SUFF
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B.

(x-a)^2 + (y-b)^2 = 16 means circle in center (a,b) and radius of 4.

1. a^2 + b^2 > 16
a=0: intersect
b=0: the circle does not intersect
INSUFF

2. a = |b| + 5 ==> a>5>4 the circle does not intersect
SUFF


can you elaborate on 1? why do we set them to zero
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bmwhype2 wrote:
can you elaborate on 1? why do we set them to zero


a=0: intersect - Distance of circle center to Y-axis is minimum - 0
b=0: the circle does not intersect - Distance of circle center to Y-axis is maximum - b
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 07:15
Walker can you explain how do you know its an equation for a circle? Are there particular equations to look for so we know if they are triangles, circles, rectangles??
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shubhampandey wrote:
Walker can you explain how do you know its an equation for a circle? Are there particular equations to look for so we know if they are triangles, circles, rectangles??



http://www.analyzemath.com/CircleEq/Tutorials.html
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 14:18
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Thanks, bmwhype2 for link.

we have a center of a circle - (a,b)
for any point (x,y) distance between (x,y) and the center must be constant (r -radius).

So, r^2=(x-a)^2+(y-a)^2 for any point on the circle. It is simply Pythagorean theorem.
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