# What are chords and tangents?

## What are chords and tangents?

A chord is a line segment whose endpoints lie on the circumference of a circle. Continue. A tangent is a line that touches a circle at exactly one point. This is called the point of tangency.

## How do you find the angles formed by chords secants and tangents?

If a secant (or chord) and a tangent intersect at the point of tangency, then the measure of each angle formed is one half the measure of its intercepted arc.

How are the tangent secant and chord of a circle related?

A line will meet a circle at no more than two points. We call a line a secant if it intersects twice, and a tangent if it intersects once (just touching at a single point). Chords are segments connecting two points on a circle, so chords become secants when extended.

Is a tangent a special kind of chord?

Tangent: A tangent to a circle is a line, ray, or segment that touches the outside of the circle in exactly one point. It never crosses into the circle. A tangent can’t be a chord, because a chord touches a circle in two points, crossing through the inside of the circle.

### What is the tangent angle?

The tangent of an angle is the ratio of the side opposite the angle over the side adjacent to the angle.

### How do you solve an angle with chords?

If two chords intersect inside a circle, then the measure of the angle formed is one half the sum of the measure of the arcs intercepted by the angle and its vertical angle. In the circle, the two chords ¯PR and ¯QS intersect inside the circle. Since vertical angles are congruent, m∠1=m∠3 and m∠2=m∠4.

What is the relationship between tangent and secant?

A line that intersects a circle in exactly one point is called a tangent and the point where the intersection occurs is called the point of tangency. The tangent is always perpendicular to the radius drawn to the point of tangency. A secant is a line that intersects a circle in exactly two points.

How will you define a tangent?

A tangent is a line that touches the edge of a curve or circle at one point, but does not cross it.

## What is a tangent Class 10?

Tangent to a Circle is a straight line that touches the circle at any one point or only one point to the circle, that point is called tangency. At the tangency point, the tangent of the circle will be perpendicular to the radius of the circle.