# The Eyeball Theorem

Given two circles (A) and (B). Let the tangents from A to (B) meet (A) in points P and Q, and the tangents from B to (A) meet (B) in points R and S. Then the eyeball theorem says that PQ = RS. Or equivalently that PQSR is a rectangle. Some proofs are given on Alexander Bogomolny's Cut the Knot site. Here is my proof. Nederlandse versie van deze pagina

#### Proof

First note that AMB, ANB, ALB and AKB are right triangles with AB as hypothenuse, so that the vertices all lie on a circle with diameter AB.

Now extend PR to TU with T on (A) and U on (B). Let TM and UN meet in V.

Note that angle(MAN) = angle(MBN) and thus angle(VTU) = angle(MTP) = angle(MAN)/2 = angle(MBN)/2 = angle(RUN) = angle(VUT), so triangle TUV is isosceles with VT=VU.

We also see that angle(MBN) = angle(VTU) + angle(TUV) so that angle(MBN) and angle(NVM) add to 180 degrees, so that V lies on the circle with diameter AB. Now note that angle(TVA)=angle(KVA), as these angles intercept congruent chords, and angle(UVB) = angle(LVB). By reflection through AV and BV respectively, we see that in fact VT=VK=VL=VU. Let W be the reflection of V through AB. Triangle WMN is isosceles just as triangle KLV. Hence angle(WVN) = angle(WMN) = angle(WNM) = angle(WVM), so VW bisects angle(TVU). So VW is perpendicular to PR as angle bisector of the apex of an isosceles triangle. And thus PR is parallel to AB. Similarly QS is parallel to AB. And PQSR is a rectangle.

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