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Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

A circle rolls around the outside edge of a square so that its circumference always touches the edge of the square.
Describe the locus of the centre of the circle and its length.

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If the circle now rolls around an equilateral triangle, can you describe the locus of the centre of the circle and its length?

Can you generalise your findings?


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