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2 December

Carol draws a square with area 62. She then draws the smallest possible circle that this square is contained inside. Next, she draws the smallest possible square that her circle is contained inside. What is the area of her second square?

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19 December

The diagram below shows three squares and five circles. The four smaller circles are all the same size, and the red square's vertices are the centres of these circles.
The area of the blue square is 14 units. What is the area of the red square?

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5 December

28 points are spaced equally around the circumference of a circle. There are 3276 ways to pick three of these points. The three picked points can be connected to form a triangle. Today's number is the number of these triangles that are isosceles.

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2 December

Today's number is the area of the largest dodecagon that it's possible to fit inside a circle with area \(\displaystyle\frac{172\pi}3\).

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Two semicircles

The diagram shows two semicircles.
\(CD\) is a chord of the larger circle and is parallel to \(AB\). The length of \(CD\) is 8m. What is the area of the shaded region (in terms of \(\pi\))?

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1 December

What is area of the largest area rectangle which will fit in a circle of radius 10?

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Squared circle

Each side of a square has a circle drawn on it as diameter. The square is also inscribed in a fifth circle as shown.
Find the ratio of the total area of the shaded crescents to the area of the square.

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Dartboard

Concentric circles with radii 1, \(\frac{1}{2}\), \(\frac{1}{3}\), \(\frac{1}{4}\), ... are drawn. Alternate donut-shaped regions are shaded.
What is the total shaded area?

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