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Let T be the centre of the semicircle with diameter QR and let OT produced meet the circumference of the larger semicircle at U .
By symmetry, we note that OT is perpendicular to QR . As TR = TO = TQ (radii of the same semicircle), triangles ORT and OQT are both isosceles, right-angled triangles. So QOR is a right angle.
By Pythagoras' Theorem: QR ² = OQ ² + OR ² = 2² + 2² = 8. So $QR = \sqrt8$ = $2\sqrt2$ and the radius of semicircle QOR is $\sqrt2$.
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