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# How do I find the point of contact of a tangent to a curve or circle?

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the point of contact = points of intersections to find this you can equate the both equations of the circle and the tangent then rearrange to find the x value and substitute to find y values you can do this eg/ by simultaneous equations.

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Find the gradient of the line from the centre of the circle to the point on the circle you need, then use that to find the gradient of the tangent. Finally, use y=mx+c with this gradient and the point on the circle it touches.