In the figure shown, L is the center of the circle, and PQ is a chord of the circle measuring 30 centimeters. (cm)
What is the length, in centimeters, of PL ?
The length of PQ is given as 30 cm.
The length of PM is half of PQ, which would be 15 cm. A right triangle is created with legs of 15 and 8. PL would be the hypotenuse of the triangle. Pythagorean Theorem a² + b² = c² {sum of the squares of the legs is equal to the square of the hypotenuse} 8² + 15² = c² {substituted given information into the Pythagorean Theorem} 64 + 225 = c² {evaluated exponents} 289 = c² {added 64 and 225} c = 17 {took square root of each side} PL = 17 cm Ask Algebra House Comments are closed.

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