### Coke Machine

The coke machine in college takes 50 pence pieces. It also takes a certain foreign coin of traditional design. Coins inserted into the machine slide down a chute into the machine and a drink is duly released. How many more revolutions does the foreign coin make over the 50 pence piece going down the chute? N.B. A 50 pence piece is a 7 sided polygon ABCDEFG with rounded edges, obtained by replacing AB with arc centred at E and radius EA; replacing BC with arc centred at F radius FB ...etc..

### Just Opposite

A and C are the opposite vertices of a square ABCD, and have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d), respectively. What are the coordinates of the vertices B and D? What is the area of the square?

### Get Cross

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?

# In a Spin

##### Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Correct solutions were received from Joshua T. and Andrew I. Congratulations to both of you. I have used a mixture of the solutions to form the basis of what follows.

The first thing to observe is that by rotating the triangle about the hypotenuse I obtain two cones having the same base and opposite vertices.

To find the volume of a cone you need its height and the radius of its base. So you need to calculate the radius and the height of each cone.

$$V = \frac{1}{3}\pi r^2 h$$

The radius of the base of the cones is the altitude of the right-angled triangle ($r$), and the corresponding heights are $AX$ and $CX$.

Working directly on the general case - as it seems simpler. Let the sides of the triangle be $a$, $c$ and $b$ ($b$- the hypotenuse).

\begin{eqnarray}V &=& \frac{1}{3}\pi r^2 h \\ &=& \frac{1}{3}\pi r^2 h_{1}+\frac{1}{3}\pi r^2 h_{2}\\ &=&\frac{1}{3}\pi r^2 (h_{1}+h_{2}) \\ &=& \frac{1}{3}\pi r^2 b \end{eqnarray}

Finding the area of a right-angled triangle in two ways:

$$\frac{ac}{2}=\frac{rb}{2}$$

Therefore $$r = \frac{ac}{b}$$

Substituting for $r$ in the equation for the volume you get:

\begin{eqnarray} V &=& \frac{1}{3}\pi r^2 b \\ &=& \frac{1}{3}\pi \left( {\frac{{ac}}{b}} \right)^2 b \\ &=& \frac{1}{3}\pi \frac{{(ac)}^2}{b}\end{eqnarray}

From here you can substitute for the particular case given at the start of the problem.