P is a point on the circumference of a circle radius r which rolls,
without slipping, inside a circle of radius 2r. What is the locus
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What happens to the perimeter of triangle ABC as the two smaller
circles change size and roll around inside the bigger circle?
We believed that the triangle took up a quarter of the square,
and that a total of four triangles could fit around the square. We
created a moving example:
We started by rotating a square inside the four triangles as
this has the same effect as rotatiing the triangle (editors note:I
"liked this bit of lateral thinking").
From our "moving" representation (Fig. 1) we could see that it
is always possible to fit four right angled triangles around the
centre of the square. This is because the centre of the square
allows a 360° rotation and, as the traingles are right
angled, they have angles of 90° (360 / 90 = 4).
As can be seen the square in the
middle of the four triangles is 2 units by 2 units. This means that
the overlap of each of the four triangles is congruent and makes up
a quarter of the square.