Four circles are tangent to each other and to a triangle that surrounds them, as shown in the figure. Each of the three circles in the corners have a radius of 1 cm. What is the radius of the circle in the middle?
Okay maybe i'm over simplifying but here is what I did- Cut off the top of the triangle halfway between the top circle and cut the bottom off halfway between the bottom circles. Now you have a trapezoid with length 2 on top and length 4 on the bottom. The diameter of the large circle, because it is halfway between the top and bottom sides of the trapezoid must be halfway between 2 and 4 which gives us 3. Half of three is the radius or 1.5.