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Question: What names can be used to describe the straight line AB, the curved lines AB, and the straight line BC?

 

Answer:The straight line passing through A and B intersects the circumference twice and doesn’t pass through the centre, so it’s a chord. The straight line BC touches the circumference of the circle just once, so it’s a tangent. There are two curved lines joining A and B: the ‘big part’ of the circumference and the small part of the circumference. These are both arcs.