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Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:


The diagram below shows a right angled triangle with sides of length $5\text{cm}$, $12\text{cm}$ and $13\text{cm}$. What is the radius of the inscribed semicircle whose base lies on the side of length $12\text{cm}$?


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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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