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Triangle Incircle Iteration

Start with any triangle T1 and its inscribed circle. Draw the triangle T2 which has its vertices at the points of contact between the triangle T1 and its incircle. Now keep repeating this process starting with T2 to form a sequence of nested triangles and circles. What happens to the triangles? You may like to investigate this interactively on the computer or by drawing with ruler and compasses. If the angles in the first triangle are a, b and c prove that the angles in the second triangle are given (in degrees) by f(x) = (90 - x/2) where x takes the values a, b and c. Choose some triangles, investigate this iteration numerically and try to give reasons for what happens. Investigate what happens if you reverse this process (triangle to circumcircle to triangle...)

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M is any point on the line AB. Squares of side length AM and MB are constructed and their circumcircles intersect at P (and M). Prove that the lines AD and BE produced pass through P.

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A kite shaped lawn consists of an equilateral triangle ABC of side 130 feet and an isosceles triangle BCD in which BD and CD are of length 169 feet. A gardener has a motor mower which cuts strips of grass exactly one foot wide and wishes to cut the entire lawn in parallel strips. What is the minimum number of strips the gardener must mow?

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Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1
Quadrilateral in a circle
Draw a circle with radius $1$ unit. Choose any four points on the circumference and join them together to form a quadrilateral.

Label the sides: $a$ is the shortest, $b$ is the next shortest, then $c$, and finally $d$ is the longest side (it is possible to have two sides of equal length).

What is the maximum length that the shortest side $a$ could be?

Side $b$ must be less than a certain value - what value?

What is the maximum length that the longest side $d$ could be? Is it possible for $c$ and $d$ both to be this maximum length?