Circular Chords

Probability That A Randomly Selected Chord Exceeds The Length Of The Radius Of Circle

Situation
If a chord is selected at random on a fixed circle what is the probability that its length exceeds the radius of the circle?

  1. Assume that the distance of the chord from the center of the circle is uniformly distributed.
    A.   0.5 C.   0.866
    B.   0.667 D.   0.75
  2. Assume that the midpoint of the chord is evenly distributed over the circle.
    A.   0.5 C.   0.866
    B.   0.667 D.   0.75
  3. Assume that the end points of the chord are uniformly distributed over the circumference of the circle.
    A.   0.5 C.   0.866
    B.   0.667 D.   0.75

 

Angle between two chords

Problem
Chords AB and AC are drawn on a circle of radius 10 inches. Find the angle between the chords if the arc BAC is 28 inches long.
 

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