# Shortest distance from the centre of a circle to a chord

Given a circle which has a chord inside it. The length of the chord and the radius of the circle are given. The task is to find the shortest distance from the chord to the centre.

**Examples:**

Input:r = 4, d = 3Output:3.7081Input:r = 9.8, d = 7.3Output:9.09492

**Approach**:

**r**

**d**

**OBC**,

from **pythagorus theorem**,

**OB^2 + (d/2)^2 = r^2**

so, **OB = √(r^2 – d^2/4)**

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

`// C++ program to find ` `// the shortest distance from ` `// chord to the centre of circle ` `#include <bits/stdc++.h> ` `using` `namespace` `std; ` ` ` `// Function to find the shortest distance ` `void` `shortdis(` `double` `r, ` `double` `d) ` `{ ` ` ` `cout << ` `"The shortest distance "` ` ` `<< ` `"from the chord to centre "` ` ` `<< ` `sqrt` `((r * r) - ((d * d) / 4)) ` ` ` `<< endl; ` `} ` ` ` `// Driver code ` `int` `main() ` `{ ` ` ` `double` `r = 4, d = 3; ` ` ` `shortdis(r, d); ` ` ` `return` `0; ` `} ` |

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## Java

`// Java program to find ` `// the shortest distance from ` `// chord to the centre of circle ` `class` `GFG ` `{ ` ` ` `// Function to find the shortest distance ` `static` `void` `shortdis(` `double` `r, ` `double` `d) ` `{ ` ` ` `System.out.println(` `"The shortest distance "` ` ` `+ ` `"from the chord to centre "` ` ` `+ (Math.sqrt((r * r) - ((d * d) / ` `4` `)))); ` `} ` ` ` `// Driver code ` `public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args) ` `{ ` ` ` `double` `r = ` `4` `, d = ` `3` `; ` ` ` `shortdis(r, d); ` `} ` `} ` ` ` `/* This code contributed by PrinciRaj1992 */` |

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## Python3

`# Python program to find ` `# the shortest distance from ` `# chord to the centre of circle ` ` ` `# Function to find the shortest distance ` `def` `shortdis(r, d): ` ` ` `print` `(` `"The shortest distance "` `,end` `=` `""); ` ` ` `print` `(` `"from the chord to centre "` `,end` `=` `""); ` ` ` `print` `(((r ` `*` `r) ` `-` `((d ` `*` `d) ` `/` `4` `))` `*` `*` `(` `1` `/` `2` `)); ` ` ` `# Driver code ` `r ` `=` `4` `; ` `d ` `=` `3` `; ` `shortdis(r, d); ` ` ` `# This code has been contributed by 29AjayKumar ` |

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## C#

`// C# program to find ` `// the shortest distance from ` `// chord to the centre of circle ` `using` `System; ` ` ` `class` `GFG ` `{ ` ` ` ` ` `// Function to find the shortest distance ` ` ` `static` `void` `shortdis(` `double` `r, ` `double` `d) ` ` ` `{ ` ` ` `Console.WriteLine(` `"The shortest distance "` ` ` `+ ` `"from the chord to centre "` ` ` `+ (Math.Sqrt((r * r) - ((d * d) / 4)))); ` ` ` `} ` ` ` ` ` `// Driver code ` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `Main() ` ` ` `{ ` ` ` `double` `r = 4, d = 3; ` ` ` `shortdis(r, d); ` ` ` `} ` `} ` ` ` `// This code is contributed by AnkitRai01 ` |

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## PHP

`<?php ` ` ` `// PHP program to find ` `// the shortest distance from ` `// chord to the centre of circle ` ` ` ` ` `// Function to find the shortest distance ` `function` `shortdis(` `$r` `, ` `$d` `) ` `{ ` ` ` `echo` `"The shortest distance "` `; ` ` ` `echo` `"from the chord to centre "` `; ` ` ` `echo` `sqrt((` `$r` `* ` `$r` `) - ((` `$d` `* ` `$d` `) / 4)); ` `} ` ` ` `// Driver code ` ` ` `$r` `= 4; ` ` ` `$d` `= 3; ` ` ` `shortdis(` `$r` `, ` `$d` `); ` ` ` `// This code is contributed by Naman_Garg. ` ` ` `?> ` |

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**Output:**

The leshortest distance from the chord to centre 3.7081

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