Given two circles A and B. Construct a circle tangent to the two circles
with one point of tangency being the designated point.
The locus of a center of a tangent circle is an ellipse.
It can confirm using GSPÕs animation button.
Next, we will make a different tangent circle.
LetÕs construct the tangent circle to two given circles when the smaller circle is internal to the tangent circle.
First, we construct a line through a center and one point of the big
circle. Call the intersection point B and make a circle of a same radius of a small circle A. Then we obtain a point C and construct a parallel line of a segment AC from a point B. The intersection point of a parallel line and a small circle is D. This is a tangent point that we want to find. Connecting D and A, we can find a center of a tangent circle O.
The locus of a center of a tangent circle is an ellipse ,with GSP, we can animate around the big circle and trace the locus of the center as follows:
In this investigation I found an interesting method using GSP.
At first, I donÕt know how to think and to use GSP. But seeing a screen of GSP and using a pencil I draw the imaginary picture. In the picture I draw lines and segments and through the experience, I found answers of problems.
Through this problem solving, I knew how to use GSP and how to think using GSP. Before solving this problem, I think GSP is just a showing mathod, however, I became to know an important of the investigation.
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