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Topic: two circles
Replies: 6   Last Post: Oct 28, 1994 9:45 PM

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 roger_cappallo Posts: 1 Registered: 12/10/04
Re: two circles
Posted: Oct 27, 1994 9:56 AM

>
> QUESTION:
>
> Consider two non-intersecting, non-congruent circles. What is the locus
> of centers of circles which are tangent to each of these two circles?
>
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> staqi@students.wisc.edu gives:
>
>
> Draw a line between the centers of the given circles. Consider the
> segment from the end of one circle to the end of the other. The locus
> is the line perpendular to the line between the centers at the midpoint of
> the segment.
>

I don't agree. Define the radii of the given circles to be r and R, and the radius
of the tangent circle to be rho. Then the center of the tangent circle is a
distance R+rho from the center of one of the given circles, and r+rho from the
center of the other given circle. The difference in distance is a constant:
diff = R + rho - (r + rho)
= R - r

Thus the locus of the centers is a hyperbola.

Roger Cappallo
Haystack Observatory
rjc@wells.haystack.edu

Date Subject Author
10/26/94 saba afreen taqi
10/27/94 roger_cappallo
10/27/94 Pao-Ping Lin
10/27/94 Doris Schattschneider
10/28/94 Michael Thwaites
10/28/94 Doris Schattschneider
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