## Tuesday, December 8, 2015

### Unizor - Geometry2D - Apollonius Problems - Points and Circles

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Notes to a video lecture on http://www.unizor.com

The problems below are easily solvable using the transformation of inversion (symmetry relative to a circle). We recommend to review a previous lecture dedicated to this topic.

The main technique we will use is transformation of a circle passing through a center of an inversion circle into a straight line.

Here is a quick reminder of how inversion works.

An inversion circle with radius R and center O is given. Then any point P (other than center O) is transformed into point P' such that P' lies on a ray from center O to given point P and OP·OP'=R²

We have proven that any circle passing through a center of an inversion circle is transformed by an inversion into a straight line and a circle not passing through a center of inversion is transformed into a circle.

Apollonius Problems -

Points and Circles

Problem PPC

Construct a circle passing through two given points, A and B, and tangential to a given circle c, presuming that both points are located outside of circle c.

Solution

Analysis:

Assume, our circle is constructed. It passes through points A and B and is tangential to circle c.

Using point A as a center of inversion and any radius draw a circle that will serve as an inversion circle.

Transform all elements relative to this inversion circle.

Point B will transform into point B', circle c will be transformed into circle c' and a circle we assumed as constructed (passing through a center of inversion A) will be transformed into a line that will be a tangent from point B' to circle c'.

Construction:

Draw an inversion circle q with center at point A and some radius R.

Construct images of point B and circle c relative to inversion circle q.

Draw a tangent from point B' to circle c'.

Transform a tangent through inversion relative to our inversion circle q. The resulting circle would be tangential to circle c and pass through points A and B.

Problem PCC

Construct a circle passing through a given points, A and tangential to two given circles, c and d, presuming that none of the given elements lies inside the other.

Solution

Analysis:

Assume, our circle is constructed. It passes through point A and is tangential to circles c and d.

Using point A as a center of inversion and any radius draw a circle that will serve as an inversion circle.

Transform all elements relative to this inversion circle.

Circle c will be transformed into circle c', circle d will be transformed into circle d', and a circle we assumed as constructed (passing through a center of inversion A) will be transformed into a line that will be a tangent to both circles c' and d'.

Construction:

Draw an inversion circle q with center at point A and some radius R.

Construct images of circles c and d relative to inversion circle q.

Draw a tangent to circles c' and d'.

Transform a tangent through inversion relative to our inversion circle q. The resulting circle would be tangential to circles c and d.

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