Find the length of XC

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Nov 13th, 2015

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It can be solved using the following theorem which is secant theorem

"If two secant segments are drawn to a circle from the same external point, the product of the length of one secant segment and its external part is equal to the product of the length of the other secant segment and its external part."

Here the same point is G.

Using the above theorem

GH*DG=FG*EG

We have DG=x+3+5=x+8

GH=5

FG=6

GE=x+6

Thus

(x+8)5 =6(x+6)

Solve for x

5x+40=6x+36

x=4

We have DG=x+8 =4+8=12(answer)

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