9.6: Segments of Chords
Learning Objectives
 Find the lengths of chords in a circle.
 Find the measure of arcs in a circle.
Perpendicular Bisector of a Chord
 The perpendicular bisector of a chord is a diameter.
 The __________________________ of a circle is the perpendicular bisector of any chord.
Proof
Draw two chords,
The diagram above is a good visual example of this.
We can see that
The congruence of the triangles can be proven by the SAS (SideAngleSide) Postulate:

CE¯¯¯¯¯≅ED¯¯¯¯¯ (it gets bisected by the perpendicular bisector) 
OE¯¯¯¯¯≅OE¯¯¯¯¯ (itself) 
∠OEC and∠OED are right angles (perpendicular makes right angles)
This means that
Any point that is equidistant from
If
Perpendicular Bisector of a Chord Bisects Intercepted Arc
The perpendicular bisector of a chord bisects the arc intercepted by the chord.
 The _________________________ bisector of a chord also bisects the ________ that is intercepted by that chord.
Proof
We can see that

BD¯¯¯¯¯¯≅DC¯¯¯¯¯ (it gets bisected by the perpendicular bisector) 
DA¯¯¯¯¯¯≅DA¯¯¯¯¯¯ (itself) 
∠ADB and∠ADC are right angles (perpendicular makes right angles)
This means that
The final congruency statement proves that arc
Congruent Chords Equidistant from Center
Congruent chords in the same circle are equidistant (or equal distance) from the center of the circle.
Recall that the definition of distance from a point to a line is the length of the perpendicular segment drawn to the line from the point.
Proof

AE¯¯¯¯¯≅BF¯¯¯¯¯ (it is given that these are congruent chords) 
AO¯¯¯¯¯≅BO¯¯¯¯¯ (both are radii of the circle) 
EO¯¯¯¯¯≅FO¯¯¯¯¯ (both are radii of the circle)
Since the triangles are congruent, their corresponding altitudes
Therefore,
Converse of Congruent Chords Theorem
Two chords equidistant from the center of a circle are congruent.
 The converse of what we just proved is also true: if the chords are equidistant from the center, then they are _____________________________.
Example 1
Find the radius of the circle.
Draw the radius
Apply the Pythagorean Theorem:
The radius of circle
Example 2
Two concentric circles have radii of 6 inches and 10 inches. A segment tangent to the smaller circle is a chord of the larger circle. What is the length of the segment?
Start by drawing a figure that represents the problem like the one above.
\begin{align*}OC =\end{align*}
\begin{align*}\Delta COB\end{align*} is a right triangle because the radius \begin{align*}\overline{OC}\end{align*} of the smaller circle is perpendicular to the tangent \begin{align*}\overline{AB}\end{align*} at point \begin{align*}C\end{align*}.
Apply the Pythagorean Theorem:
\begin{align*}(OC)^2 + (BC)^2 & = (OB)^2\\ 6^2 + (BC)^2 & = 10^2\\ 36 + (BC)^2 & = 100\\ (BC)^2 & = 100  36 = 64\\ BC & = \sqrt{64} = 8 \ inches\end{align*}
You learned earlier in this lesson that because \begin{align*}\overline{OC}\end{align*} is a radius (which is part of a diameter), it is also a perpendicular bisector of the chord \begin{align*}\overline{AB}\end{align*}, which means that \begin{align*}BC\end{align*} is half of \begin{align*}AB\end{align*}, or \begin{align*}AB = 2BC\end{align*}.
Therefore, \begin{align*}AB = 2(8) = 16\end{align*} inches.
Reading Check:
1. True or false: The diameter of a circle is perpendicular to every chord in the circle.
2. True or false: The perpendicular bisector of a chord also bisects the arc that is intercepted by the chord.
3. True or false: Two chords that are the same distance away from the center of a circle are also the same length.
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