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General Mathematics Paper 2, Nov/Dec. 2009  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Main
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Question 5

(a)
                 circle

In the diagram, the two circles intersect at X and Y.  The centre of the smaller circle is on the circumference of the bigger circle. A and B are any two points on the major arcs, one on each circle.  Find an equation connecting a and b.

 

(b)
triangle

In the diagram <QPR = <PTR = 90°, /PR/ = 8cm and /QP/ = 6cm.  Find /TR/.

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Observation

The report stated that majority of the candidates could not answer part (a) of this question correctly which showed a poor knowledge of circle theorems.  They were expected to join X and Y to O.  This made <XOY and <XAY opposite angles of a cyclic quadrilateral and are supplementary i.e. a° + <XOY = 180°.  Also, <XOY = 2b° i.e. angle at the centre of a circle is twice angle at the circumference.  This implied that 2b° = 180 - a° or a° + 2b°  = 180°. 
It was reported that candidates performed better in part (b) than in part (a).  A good number of them were able to find the tangent of the angle at R and hence the angle at R as 36.87°.  Thus, they were able to obtain /TR/ = 8 cos R i.e. 8 cos 36.87° = 6.4cm.

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