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Five Circle Division (Posted on 2006-08-26) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Five circles are arranged in the following fashion ( Two rows of 3 circles in square arrangement with one end circle removed from the top row ). Circles are of same diameter and touching adjoining circles as per the diagram. Draw a line passing through A ( Centre of the first circle on the bottom row ) in such a way that it divides the five circles into two equal areas.


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                    *             *   *             *
                      *         *       *         *
         *                 *                 *
    *         *       *         *       *         *
  *             *   *             *   *             *
 *               * *               * *               *
*        A        *                 *                 *
 *               * *               * *               *
  *             *   *             *   *             *
    *         *       *         *       *         *
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Solution Spoiler | Comment 1 of 15
If a figure has a center of symmetry, any line through it will divide it in two equal parts.

A is the center of symmetry for the circle on the left.

The four circles on the right have a center of symmetry B: it's the center of the inner rhombus they form.

So, just join A with B and you are done.
  Posted by e.g. on 2006-08-26 10:52:10
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