Plane geometry is one of the top killer questions in **A-Math** as there are many things to prove in addition to the many lines, circles, triangles, angles ...

Read about the post I wrote earlier What you need to know to do well in Plane Geometry Part 1

I must admit this question almost drives me to insanity ;-) but luckily I saw the light when I was on the verge of sane and insanity ...

**Question: Prove that a circle can be drawn passing through the points T,P,X and Q. [3 marks]**

Let me know how you handle this question in the comments section. For those who wants the step by step solution, drop me a comment as well. I highly recommend that you think about this question first before asking for solution.

There are 2 strategies I have used to help me in this **Plane Geometry question**. Do you want to know? so that you can learn and use them in your own question.

**Hint:** You must use one of the **properties of circles**.

**Update:** Video solution Here

I really donno, haha, so can you show the solutions?

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As PT and PQ are of equal length, PTQ is an isosceles triangle, thus the circle can be drawn passing through these points by circumscribing the triangle....

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Hi Always Lovely,

This one is indeed tough...yet to come out with my answers..

Rgds

Sean

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Hmm this question is difficult, don't even know where to start. Mind revealing the solution?

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to add on my previous reply:QXPT is a cyclic quad because the opp <s = 180degrees...

hmm if its wrong may i have the solution :)

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<QXT = <QPT

<XQP = <XTP

<s in the same segment

sorry for double reply! :)

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@anjali: As this is a 3 marks proving question, you won't get the full marks by stating the property of triangle PTQ. Nevertheless. good attempt :)

@Joscelin: Joscelin, you can't begin with the circle already passes through the 4 points and make the conclusions as above. You have to prove your conclusions to be correct hence the 4 points pass through the circle. This is also the challenginng part of many students for a proving question but you got the main concept correct. Begin the proving with the fact that angles in the same segment are equal.

I have updated the solution here => http://singaporeolevelmaths.com/2008/10/11/video-solution-of-plane-geometry-question-plusstrategy-to-handle-angles/

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Angles XPT = Angles XQT = 90(tangent perpendicular to radius)

Using the property, Angles in a semicircle, a circle passing thru T, P, X and Q can be constructed with XT as a diameter.

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angle xtq=rqz(corresponding angles)

but,angle rqz=rpq(angles in the alternate segment)

.:.angle xtq=rpq

.:.xpq=rpq

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