What happens to the perimeter of triangle ABC as the two smaller
circles change size and roll around inside the bigger circle?
Two semicircle sit on the diameter of a semicircle centre O of
twice their radius. Lines through O divide the perimeter into two
parts. What can you say about the lengths of these two parts?
Show that for any triangle it is always possible to construct 3
touching circles with centres at the vertices. Is it possible to
construct touching circles centred at the vertices of any polygon?
The diagram shows 10 identical coins which fit exactly inside a wooden frame. As a result each coin is prevented from sliding. What is the largest number of coins that may be removed so that each remaining coin is still unable to slide?
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