# Length of direct common tangent between two intersecting Circles

Given two circles, of given radii, have there centres a given distance apart, such that the circles intersect each other at two points. The task is to find the length of the direct common tangent between the circles.**Examples:**

Input:r1 = 4, r2 = 6, d = 3Output:2.23607Input:r1 = 14, r2 = 43, d = 35Output:19.5959

**Approach**:

- Let the radii of the circles be
**r1**&**r2**respectively.

- Let the distance between the centers be
**d**units.

- Draw a line OR parallel to PQ

**angle OPQ = 90 deg****angle O’QP = 90 deg**

{ line joining the centre of the circle to the point of contact makes an angle of 90 degrees with the tangent }

**angle OPQ + angle O’QP = 180 deg****OP || QR**

- Since opposite sides are parallel and interior angles are 90, therefore OPQR is a rectangle.

- So
**OP = QR = r1 and PQ = OR = d**

- In
**triangle OO’R****angle ORO’ = 90**

By**Pythagoras theorem****OR^2 + O’R^2 = (OO’^2)****OR^2 + (r1-r2)^2 = d^2**

- so,
**OR^2= d^2-(r1-r2)^2****OR = √{d^2-(r1-r2)^2}**

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

`// C++ program to find` `// the length of the direct` `// common tangent between two circles` `// which intersect each other` `#include <bits/stdc++.h>` `using` `namespace` `std;` `// Function to find the length of the direct common tangent` `void` `lengtang(` `double` `r1, ` `double` `r2, ` `double` `d)` `{` ` ` `cout << ` `"The length of the direct"` ` ` `<<` `" common tangent is "` ` ` `<< ` `sqrt` `(` `pow` `(d, 2) - ` `pow` `((r1 - r2), 2))` ` ` `<< endl;` `}` `// Driver code` `int` `main()` `{` ` ` `double` `r1 = 4, r2 = 6, d = 3;` ` ` `lengtang(r1, r2, d);` ` ` `return` `0;` `}` |

## Java

`// Java program to find` `// the length of the direct` `// common tangent between two circles` `// which intersect each other` `class` `GFG` `{` ` ` `// Function to find the length of` ` ` `// the direct common tangent` ` ` `static` `void` `lengtang(` `double` `r1, ` `double` `r2, ` `double` `d)` ` ` `{` ` ` `System.out.println(` `"The length of the direct"` ` ` `+ ` `" common tangent is "` ` ` `+ (Math.sqrt(Math.pow(d, ` `2` `) -` ` ` `Math.pow((r1 - r2), ` `2` `))));` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Driver code` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)` ` ` `{` ` ` `double` `r1 = ` `4` `, r2 = ` `6` `, d = ` `3` `;` ` ` `lengtang(r1, r2, d);` ` ` `}` `}` `/* This code contributed by PrinciRaj1992 */` |

## Python3

`# Python program to find` `# the length of the direct` `# common tangent between two circles` `# which intersect each other` ` ` `# Function to find the length of` `# the direct common tangent` `def` `lengtang(r1, r2, d):` ` ` `print` `(` `"The length of the direct common tangent is "` ` ` `,((d` `*` `*` `2` `) ` `-` `((r1 ` `-` `r2)` `*` `*` `2` `))` `*` `*` `(` `1` `/` `2` `));` ` ` `# Driver code` `r1 ` `=` `4` `; r2 ` `=` `6` `; d ` `=` `3` `;` `lengtang(r1, r2, d);` `# This code has been contributed by 29AjayKumar` |

## C#

`// C# program to find` `// the length of the direct` `// common tangent between two circles` `// which intersect each other` `using` `System;` `class` `GFG` `{` ` ` `// Function to find the length of` ` ` `// the direct common tangent` ` ` `static` `void` `lengtang(` `double` `r1, ` `double` `r2, ` `double` `d)` ` ` `{` ` ` `Console.WriteLine(` `"The length of the direct"` ` ` `+ ` `" common tangent is "` ` ` `+ (Math.Sqrt(Math.Pow(d, 2) -` ` ` `Math.Pow((r1 - r2), 2))));` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Driver code` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `Main(String[] args)` ` ` `{` ` ` `double` `r1 = 4, r2 = 6, d = 3;` ` ` `lengtang(r1, r2, d);` ` ` `}` `}` `/* This code contributed by PrinciRaj1992 */` |

## PHP

`<?php` `// PHP program to find` `// the length of the direct` `// common tangent between two circles` `// which intersect each other` `// Function to find the length of` `// the direct common tangent` `function` `lengtang(` `$r1` `, ` `$r2` `, ` `$d` `)` `{` ` ` `echo` `"The length of the direct common tangent is "` ` ` `,sqrt(pow(` `$d` `, 2) - pow((` `$r1` `- ` `$r2` `), 2)) ;` `}` `// Driver code` `$r1` `= 4; ` `$r2` `= 6; ` `$d` `= 3;` `lengtang(` `$r1` `, ` `$r2` `, ` `$d` `);` ` ` `// This code is contributed by AnkitRai01` `?>` |

## Javascript

`<script>` `// javascript program to find` `// the length of the direct` `// common tangent between two circles` `// which intersect each other` `// Function to find the length of` `// the direct common tangent` `function` `lengtang(r1 , r2 , d)` `{` ` ` `document.write(` `"The length of the direct"` ` ` `+ ` `" common tangent is "` ` ` `+ (Math.sqrt(Math.pow(d, 2) -` ` ` `Math.pow((r1 - r2), 2))).toFixed(5));` `}` `// Driver code` `var` `r1 = 4, r2 = 6, d = 3;` `lengtang(r1, r2, d);` `// This code contributed by Princi Singh` `</script>` |

**Output:**

The length of the direct common tangent is 2.23607

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