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Apply Circle Theorems to Solve Problems

In this worksheet, students will apply circle theorems to solve problems.

'Apply Circle Theorems to Solve Problems' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   OCR, AQA, Eduqas, Pearson Edexcel

Curriculum topic:   Basic Geometry, Geometry and Measures

Curriculum subtopic:   Circles, Properties and Constructions

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Cavemen with a circle

What did the caveman say to his mate?

Do you want to go clubbing tonight?

 

We have a lot to thank the caveman for (or whoever) that invented the wheel.  

Circles are a huge part of our everyday life, from a potters wheel, jewelry, clocks, and wheels.  

Engineers owe a lot to the study of circles as gears rely on them.  Can you think of any more?

 

Circle theorems help to solve problems in many ways.

Lets remind ourselves of the theorems

 

Angles at the centre are twice that on the circumference.

Angles in the same segment are equal

Angles in the same segment

 

Angle subtended from the diameter is 90°

Triangle in a semi circle

Opposite angles in cyclic quadrilaterals add up to 180°

cyclic quadrilateral

 

Tangents to a circle meet the circumference at 90° and the lines are of equal length.

Tangents to a circle

Chords and radii

Angles in alternate segments are equal

The trick to being successful in these questions is to be able to spot the theorems. 

magic wand and top hat

In problems solving questions, there is usually more than one theorem to follow.  

Quite often you will have to find angles that are not identified first.

 

Lets investigate the magic.

Circle theorem problem

45°

55°

90°

65°

circle theorem problem

 32°74°48°
Angle x is

Circle theorem problem

 

 32°74°48°
Angle x is

 90°40°32°68°
Angle x
Angle y
Angle z

Angle x is 116°, 32°, 58°, 45°, 64°. Angle y is 116°, 32°, 58°, 45°, 64° and angle z is 116°, 32°, 58°, 45°, 64°

Circle theorem problem

Angle x is 116°, 32°, 58°, 45°, 64°. Angle y is 116°, 32°, 58°, 45°, 64° and angle z is 116°, 32°, 58°, 45°, 64°

Write your answer in figures without the units.

circle theorem problem

circle theorem problem

 

 20°35°45°55°60°70°
Angle x is
Angle y is
Angle z

23°

67°

44°

58°

  • Question 1

Circle theorem problem

CORRECT ANSWER
65°
EDDIE SAYS
To solve this is the tangents at the circumference theorem is used. However, in this one the angle is not 90°. This is an easy trap to fall into. If you draw a line from R to S you can see that these are not right angles. This become an isosceles triangle and a straightforward angles in a triangle add up to 180° 180 - 50 = 130° 130 ÷ 2 = 65°
  • Question 2

circle theorem problem

CORRECT ANSWER
 32°74°48°
Angle x is
EDDIE SAYS
This is where the tangents meet the circumference at 90° can really help us. Hooray. 90 - 16 = 74° which give us angle TRS. The triangle is isosceles therefore angle TSR is also 74° 180 - 74 - 74 = 32° which is angle x.
  • Question 3

Circle theorem problem

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the alternate segment theorem for angle x. Angles in alternate segments are the same. What can you remember about opposite angles in cyclic quadrilaterals? Yes they add up to 180° 180 - 76 = 104° Therefore both x and y are 104°
  • Question 4

CORRECT ANSWER
 90°40°32°68°
Angle x
Angle y
Angle z
EDDIE SAYS
Yes I know there is quite a lot of work, but you can do it. You can work these out in any order. Angle ACB - 90° (Angles from the diameter) Angle Z can be found from angles in a triangle add up to 180°. 180 - 90 - 50 =40° x can be found in the same way now that we know z. 180 - 90 - 40 - 18 = 32° Angle ADB is 90° (angles from the diameter) Angle y can now be found 180- 90 - 32 - 18 = 40°
  • Question 5

CORRECT ANSWER
Angle x is 116°, 32°, 58°, 45°, 64°. Angle y is 116°, 32°, 58°, 45°, 64° and angle z is 116°, 32°, 58°, 45°, 64°
EDDIE SAYS
All you need here is your eagle eye and to draw on your basic knowledge of angles and triangles. Angle ABC is 90° (angle from the diameter) AOB forms an isosceles triangle therefore angle ABO also 32° x = 58° (90 - 32) Angle AOB 180 - 32 - 32 = 116°: y = 64° (Angles on a straight line 180 - 116) Angle ADC (angle from the diameter 90°) The triangle formed is isoceles. Therefore 180 - 90 = 90° 90° ÷ 2 = 45° z = 45°
  • Question 6

Circle theorem problem

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This is not so tricky as it looks. Did you spot that x is the angle on the circumference from 82°, therefore it is half 41° Angle y is in the same segment as x so also 41° To find angle z find angle AOD (180 - 82 = 98°) 180 - 98 - 41= 41° also. I love these investigations don't you.
  • Question 7

Write your answer in figures without the units.

CORRECT ANSWER
58
EDDIE SAYS
Always look at what you know first and mark it on the diagram. You may use some of the information you have put in you may not use it all. Line OB is perpendicular to line BC so angle OBC is 90° Therefore angle AOC = 180 - 90 - 32 = 58°
  • Question 8

circle theorem problem

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting used to spotting these now? Of course, so no numbers, no problem. You can only work with what you have so Angle BAC is x as angle at the centre is twice that on the circumference. Angle DCA is 2x (alternate angle segment) Angle ACO is 90 - 2x (Angles at a tangent)
  • Question 9

circle theorem problem

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 20°35°45°55°60°70°
Angle x is
Angle y is
Angle z
EDDIE SAYS
Angle x is 70° as the angle at the centre is twice that on the circumference. Angle y is 20°, (Angles in a triangle) Angle z is 55°, (BEC is 35°, angles in the same segment, BCE is 90° angles at a tangent and finally angles in a triangle add up to 180° 180 - 90 - 35 = 55°)
  • Question 10

CORRECT ANSWER
44°
EDDIE SAYS
Oh, so quite a bit to do here but you have all the knowledge. Angle STO = 23° Angle OST = 90° so angles in a triangle 180 - 90 - 23 = 67°. Angle RTO = 23° Angle ORT = 90° (angles at a tangent) Angle BOT = 90 - 67 = 23° Therefore Angle ROB = 180 - 90 - 23 - 23 = 44°.
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