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Problem 500. Circle, Diameter, Chord, Perpendicular, Measure.
Level: High School, College, SAT Prep.

The drawing shows a circle of diameter AB. The chords AC and BD meet at E. EF is perpendicular to AB. FC and BD meet at G. If DE = 5 and EG =3, find the measure of BG.
 

Circle, Diameter, Chord, Perpendicular
 
 

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