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The answer is B, because of the tg 45 = 1. Look, OQ is 45 degrees to Ox.
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Well, this took me way more than 2 minutes, but knowing the answer I could come up with the following method (not sure if its recommended):

PO sqare + OQ square = PQ square

Equation of circle with centre 0,0 is x square + y square = radius square

putting in coordinates of P into the equation we get radius of 2 (thus PO = OQ = 2)

=> 2SQ. + 2SQ. = PQ sq.
=> root 8 = 2 root 2 = PQ = approx 2 X 1.4 = 2.8

Now PQ = distance from x coordinate of P to center + distance of x coordinate of Q to center

=> 2.8 = root 3 (or 1.7) + s
=> 2.8 -1.7 = ~1 = s

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Hence we see that the correct answer is 1.

Hope this helps.

PS: In the triangle on the right the angles are wrong. 30 is 60 and 60 is 30. Sorry for that.
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