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Weekly Problem 36 - 2014

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1
The equilateral triangle ABC has sides of length 1 and AB lies on the line XY. The triangle is rotated clockwise around B until BC lies on the line XY. It is then rotated similarly around C and then about A as shown in the diagram.
What is the length of the path traced out by point C during this sequence of rotations?

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.

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