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Find the perimeter and area of a holly leaf that will not lie flat (it has negative curvature with 'circles' having circumference greater than 2πr).

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.

A white cross is placed symmetrically in a red disc with the central square of side length sqrt 2 and the arms of the cross of length 1 unit. What is the area of the disc still showing?

Challenge Level

Suppose the radius of the smallest semicircle is $x$.

What are the radii of the other semicircles?

What areas can you work out, in terms of $x$ and $\pi$?

What are the radii of the other semicircles?

What areas can you work out, in terms of $x$ and $\pi$?

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