5.2.5 Circles, PT3 Focus Practice

Question 12:
Amy will place a ball on top of a pillar in Diagram below. Table below shows the diameters of three balls X, and Z.

Which ball X, or Z, can fit perfectly on the top of the pillar? Show the calculation to support Amy’s choice.


Let the radius of the top of the pillar=r cm. O is the centre of the circle. In Δ OQR, r 2 = ( r4 ) 2 + 8 2  ( using Pythagoras’ theorem ) r 2 = r 2 8r+16+64 r 2 = r 2 8r+80 r 2 r 2 +8r=80 8r=80 r= 80 8 r=10 cm Therefore, diameter =2×10 =20 cm Ball Y with diameter 20 cm can fit perfectly  on top of the pillar.

Question 13:
Diagram below shows a rim of a bicycle wheel with a diameter of 26 cm. Kenny intends to build a holder for the rim.

Which of the rim holder, X, or Z, can fit the bicycle rim perfectly? Show the calculation to support your answer.


Let the radius of the rim holder=r cm. O is the centre of the circle. In Δ OQR, r 2 = ( r8 ) 2 + 12 2  ( using Pythagoras’ theorem ) r 2 = r 2 16r+64+144 r 2 = r 2 16r+208 r 2 r 2 +16r=208 16r=208 r= 208 16 r=13 cm Therefore, diameter =2×13 =26 cm Rim holder Z with diameter 26 cm can fit the bicycle perfectly.

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