Jennifer Piggott and Charlie Gilderdale describe a free interactive circular geoboard environment that can lead learners to pose mathematical questions.
Two circles are enclosed by a rectangle 12 units by x units. The distance between the centres of the two circles is x/3 units. How big is x?
Draw some quadrilaterals on a 9-point circle and work out the angles. Is there a theorem?
Can you find triangles on a 9-point circle? Can you work out their angles?
What is the relationship between the angle at the centre and the angles at the circumference, for angles which stand on the same arc? Can you prove it?
Can you make a right-angled triangle on this peg-board by joining up three points round the edge?
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
This gives a short summary of the properties and theorems of cyclic quadrilaterals and links to some practical examples to be found elsewhere on the site.
Points A, B and C are the centres of three circles, each one of which touches the other two. Prove that the perimeter of the triangle ABC is equal to the diameter of the largest circle.