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If an arc with a length of 12π is 3/4 of the circumference of a circle, what is the shortest distance between the endpoints of the arc?

A. 4

B. $$4\sqrt{2}$$

C. 8

D. $$8\sqrt{2}$$

E. 16

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Bunuel wrote:
If an arc with a length of 12π is 3/4 of the circumference of a circle, what is the shortest distance between the endpoints of the arc?

A. 4

B. $$4\sqrt{2}$$

C. 8

D. $$8\sqrt{2}$$

E. 16

(3/4)2πr = 12π

i.e. r = 8

The distance between endpoints of arc = Hypotenuse of a right triangle with legs of length equal to radius i.e. 8

Hypotenuse of Triangle = 8√2

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Bunuel wrote:
If an arc with a length of 12π is 3/4 of the circumference of a circle, what is the shortest distance between the endpoints of the arc?

A. 4

B. $$4\sqrt{2}$$

C. 8

D. $$8\sqrt{2}$$

E. 16

given
3/4 * 2*pi* r = 12 pi
r = 8
shortest distance between two endpoints of the arc would be hypotenuse formed along two points on the circle ie radius ..
8sqrt2
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Circumference of circle = 16n

Now the shortest distance between the two ends can be a straight line ie the hypotenuse of the triangle with the same radius as 2 sides.
Therefore the shortest possible distance is 8sqrt2.
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Solution

Given:
• Length of an arc = $$12ᴨ = \frac{3}{4}$$ * circumference of the circle

To find:
• The shortest distance between the endpoints of the arc

Approach and Working:
Length of arc = angle subtended at center/360 * circumference of the circle
• Implies, angle subtended at center/360 = $$\frac{3}{4}$$
• Thus, the angle subtented at center = $$\frac{3}{4} * 360 = 270$$ degrees
• The remaining angle = 360 – 270 = 90

Circumference = $$\frac{4}{3} * length of arc = \frac{4}{3} * 12ᴨ = 16ᴨ = 2ᴨr$$
• Implies, r = 8

So, the $$shortest distance^2 = r^2 + r^2 = 64 + 64$$

Therefore, shortest distance = √128 = 8√2

Hence, the correct answer is Option D

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>> The remaining angle = 360 – 270 = 90

why are we subtracting from 360? should not be 270 is the angle subtend by the arc?

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Solution

Given:
• Length of an arc = $$12ᴨ = \frac{3}{4}$$ * circumference of the circle

To find:
• The shortest distance between the endpoints of the arc

Approach and Working:
Length of arc = angle subtended at center/360 * circumference of the circle
• Implies, angle subtended at center/360 = $$\frac{3}{4}$$
• Thus, the angle subtented at center = $$\frac{3}{4} * 360 = 270$$ degrees
• The remaining angle = 360 – 270 = 90

Circumference = $$\frac{4}{3} * length of arc = \frac{4}{3} * 12ᴨ = 16ᴨ = 2ᴨr$$
• Implies, r = 8

So, the $$shortest distance^2 = r^2 + r^2 = 64 + 64$$

Therefore, shortest distance = √128 = 8√2

Hence, the correct answer is Option D

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sunita123 wrote:
>> The remaining angle = 360 – 270 = 90

why are we subtracting from 360? should not be 270 is the angle subtend by the arc? Hi sunita123,

According to the question, we need to find the length AB in the above figure.

And, we have got the obtuse angle AOB = 270
Implies, acute angle AOB = 360 - 270 = 90

Now, from triangle AOB, we can find the length of AB using this information.

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