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The second curve becomes <math>(x-2)^2 + (y-6)^2 = 40+k</math>, which is a circle centered at <math>(2,6)</math> with radius <math>r=\sqrt{40+k}</math>. | The second curve becomes <math>(x-2)^2 + (y-6)^2 = 40+k</math>, which is a circle centered at <math>(2,6)</math> with radius <math>r=\sqrt{40+k}</math>. | ||
− | The distance between the two centers is <math>5</math>, and therefore the two circles intersect | + | The distance between the two centers is <math>5</math>, and therefore the two circles intersect if <math>2\leq r \leq 12</math>. |
From <math>\sqrt{40+k} \geq 2</math> we get that <math>k\geq -36</math>. From <math>\sqrt{40+k}\leq 12</math> we get <math>k\leq 104</math>. | From <math>\sqrt{40+k} \geq 2</math> we get that <math>k\geq -36</math>. From <math>\sqrt{40+k}\leq 12</math> we get <math>k\leq 104</math>. |
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Problem
The graphs of and intersect when satisfies , and for no other values of . Find .
Solution
Both sets of points are quite obviously circles. To show this, we can rewrite each of them in the form .
The first curve becomes , which is a circle centered at with radius .
The second curve becomes , which is a circle centered at with radius .
The distance between the two centers is , and therefore the two circles intersect if .
From we get that . From we get .
Therefore .
See also
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