Given a square ABCD of sides 10 cm, and using the corners as
centres, construct four quadrants with radius 10 cm each inside the
square. The four arcs intersect at P, Q, R and S. Find the area
enclosed by PQRS.
From All Corners
Stage: 4 Challenge Level:
Straight lines are drawn from each corner of a square to the
mid points of the sides which are opposite, as shown.
Express the area of the octagon as a fraction of the area of the
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