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Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Nice construction work from Ashley at Downham Market High School.

First we need the area of the whole circle using the formula $\pi r^2$ to produce $300 \; \text{cm}^2$

Then if $\pi r^2$ is $300$, $r^2$ is $95.49296586$

So $r$ is the square root of $95.49296586$ and has to be $9.8 \;\text{cm}$ to the nearest $\text{mm}$

Now draw the circle.

Keeping the radius fixed, move the point of the compasses to the circumference and mark off one radius length around the circumference.

Move the point of the compasses on to that mark and repeat until you have six marks equally spaced around the circle.


Next join three of the marks to the centre to make thirds



Measure half way along these lines to get the centre for the semi-circles that make the tear shapes.



Finally rub out the working and add some colour.

Well done Ashley. Maybe someone can see how to find those mid-points by construction rather than measuring.