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I.S.I. (Indian Statistical Institute) B.Stat/B.Math Entrance Examination 2018. Subjective Problem no. 2.
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5.5 out of 10

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\(PQ\) and \( RS\) are two chords of the circle \(C\) , intersecting at the point \(O\). See figure: click here.

Given \(PO=3\) cm \(SO=4\) cm \([\triangle POR]= 7 cm^2\).  

From the triangles \(POS\) and \(QOS\) we have,                 \(\angle POR=\angle SOQ\) [Opposite angles]                 \(\angle SRP=\angle SQO \) [Angle on the same semi-circle \(STP\)]                 \(\angle QSO= \angle OPR\) [Angle on the same semi-circle \(ST’P\)]  Therefore the \(\triangle POR\) and \(\triangle SOQ\) are similar triangles .  

\(\frac{[\triangle POR]}{OP^2}=\frac{[\triangle SOQ]}{SO^2}.\) \(\Rightarrow [\triangle SOQ]=\frac{SO^2}{PO^2}\cdot [\triangle POR]\)=\(\frac{4^2}{3^2}\cdot 7=12\frac{4}{9}\).(Ans.)

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