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The following is a summary of some of the theorems that are concerned with properties of a circle:

Let A and B be two points on a circle with centre O. If P is any point on the circumference of the circle and on the same side of the chord AB as O, then ∠AOB=2∠APB. Hence the ‘angle at the circumference’ ∠APB is independent of the position of P.

If Q is a point on the circumference and lies on the other side of AB from P, then AQB=180°−∠APB. Hence opposite angles of a cyclic quadrilateral add up to 180°.When AB is a diameter, the angle at the circumference is the ‘angle in a semicircle’ and is a right angle. If T is any point on the tangent at A, then ∠APB=∠BAT.

Suppose now that a circle and a point P are given. Let any line through P meet the circle at points A and B. Then PA. PB is constant; that is, the same for all such lines. If P lies outside the circle and a line through P touches the circle at the point T, then PA.PB=PT2.

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