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Age 11 to 14 Short
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In the diagram, six circles of equal size touch adjacent circles and the sides of the large rectangle.

Each of the corners of the small rectangle is the centre of one of the large circles.

The perimeter of the small rectangle is $60\text{cm}$.

What is the perimeter of the large rectangle?

If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task which challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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