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2. Relevant equations

Not sure, thought of everything from finding the length of the transverse common tangent of the circles, to staring at the Inscribed Angle Theorem for a while...

3. The attempt at a solution

I believe I'm overthinking this problem, at first I tried to find a way of figuring out the slope of the transverse common tangent, but the figures aren't on a coordinate plane, so I'm not sure how I would go about it, or even if that's needed to solve the problem.

Then I gave some thought to finding the radii of the two circles based off the length of the inner tangent, which is given as 5 inches, though I'm not sure how that would help either.

I suppose I just need a hint in the right direction, thisseemsso simple, but for some reason the solution just isn't clicking.

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

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# Homework Help: Trig Problem - Way Overthinking This

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