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Proposed ProblemSee also: Complete Problem 285, Collection of Geometry ProblemsLevel: High School, SAT Prep, College geometry
We can use Descarte's Theorem for 4 mutually tangent circles: 2(a^2+b^2+c^2+d^2)=(a+b+c+d)^2where a,b.c & d are the circle curvatures given by a=-1/R (the curvature is negative for the outermost circle),b=2/R,c=3/R (by problem 284)and d=1/r. On substitution we get, d=2c or r=R/6Ajit: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simpler:Build semicircles with centres C and D.Build a circle with center F' with radius R/6 and touching the first two.Extent OF' with another R/6 to a point ZBut OF' = CD = 5/6R (OCF'D is a rectangle ; radius of the D semicircle is R/3)Now OZ is equal to OB, therefore Z is on the O quarter circle (since the centers of the O circle and the F' circles and Z are on the same line)M.
Even simpler is the following: Let AD = DE = a. (R/2+a)^2=(R-a)^2+(R/2)^2 giving a = R/3. Now, 2R/3 = OD = CF = R/2 + r or r = R/6
Ajit, this is only valid if you can show tht DFCO is a rectangle, which you have not shown.
How would you show that DFCO is a rectangle?
Centers and tangency points are colinear...