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Weekly Problem 3 - 2011

Stage: 3 and 4 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The diagram shows two identical large circles and two identical smaller circles whose centres are at the corners of a square. The two large circles are touching, and they each touch the two smaller circles. The radius of the small circles is $1cm$. What is the radius of the large circles in centimetres?


 
 
 
 
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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.

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