 # Exam-Style Questions on Circle Equations

## Problems on Circle Equations adapted from questions set in previous Mathematics exams.

### 1.

GCSE Higher

The diagram shows a circle with equation $$x^2+y^2=13$$. A tangent to the circle touches the circle at the point J. The x-coordinate of J is 2. The tangent intersects the x-axis at K. Find the coordinates of the point K.

### 2.

GCSE Higher

(a) Find the coordinates of the point at which the curve $$y = k^x$$ intersects the y-axis.

The equation of circle $$A$$ is $$x^2+y^2=25$$. This circle is translated by the vector $$\begin{pmatrix} 0 \\ 4 \\ \end{pmatrix}$$ to give circle $$B$$.

(b) Draw a sketch of circle $$B$$ clearly labelling the points of intersection with the y-axis.

### 3.

GCSE Higher

A circle with equation $$x^2 + y^2 = 6$$ meets a one of its tangents at point $$S$$.

The coordinates of $$S$$ are:

$$\left( \frac{\sqrt 5}{3} , \frac{7}{3} \right)$$

Find the equation of the tangent to the circle at the point $$S$$.

### 4.

GCSE Higher

(a) The circumference of a circle is $$16 \pi$$ cm and its centre is at the origin. Find the equation of the circle.

(b) The line $$12x+ ay = b$$ is a tangent at the point (6, 5) to a different circle with centre at the origin. Find the values of a and b.

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