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QUESTION

Two concentric circles are of radii 5 cm and 3 cm. Find the length of chord of the larger circle which touches the smaller circle.

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Hint: In this question first draw the diagram it will give us a clear picture of what we have to find out. Then use the property that the radius is perpendicular to a chord and it divides the chord into two equal parts. So, use this property to reach the solution of the given problem.

Complete step-by-step answer:
Let the radius of the bigger circle be \[R\]and the radius of the smaller circle is \[r\].
It is given that \[R = 5{\text{ cm}}\]and \[r = 3{\text{ cm}}\]

The diagram of the two concentric circles is given below:


Here AB is the larger chord whose length we have to find.
By using the property that the radius is perpendicular to a chord and it divides the chord into two equal parts, we have \[AD = BD\]and \[OD \bot AB\]
Therefore, \[\Delta ODB\]is a right-angled triangle.
As \[\Delta ODB\]is a right-angled, we have
\[

   \Rightarrow O{D^2} + B{D^2} = O{B^2} \\

   \Rightarrow {\left( 3 \right)^2} + B{D^2} = {\left( 5 \right)^2} \\

   \Rightarrow B{D^2} = {\left( 5 \right)^2} - {\left( 3 \right)^2} \\

   \Rightarrow B{D^2} = 25 - 9 \\

   \Rightarrow B{D^2} = 16 \\

  \therefore BD = 4{\text{ cm}} \\

\]

So, AD = BD = 4 cm

Hence, AB = AD + BD = 4 + 4 = 8 cm.

Thus, the length of the larger chord is 8 cm.

Note: Here we have not considered the negative of BD because the length of the chord is always positive. Concentric circles are circles with a common centre. They fit inside each other and are the same distance apart all the way around.