Tangent Circle

Assignment 7

by Sharren M. Thomas

Given
two circles and a point on one of the circles. Construct a circle tangent to
the two circles with one point of tangency being the designated point.

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construction of the tangent circles.

See
below, the solution with included work from my constructions.

Now
I will investigate the locus if we have two intersecting circles and we
examine the locus of the centers of the constructed tangent circles.

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see a trace. Something interesting I found was that I noticed the trace
in this case shows a hyperbola with foci at the original circle centers rather
than an ellipse, which is what I found when one was inside the other.

I
have to believe, but would definitely have take more cases, but it appears the
locus will be either an ellipse or hyperbola.