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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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re(3): Equation spoiler | Comment 11 of 15 |
(In reply to re(2): Equation spoiler by Dej Mar)

Which points?  The line intersects 3 of the circles, each in two points.  Discounting the circle with center A, there are still 4 points where the line intersects the other two circles, 2 for each circle. And why should anyone care what any of those points are? Putting A at (0,0) and giving the circles unit radius, the important point is (3,1).
  Posted by Richard on 2006-08-26 18:08:21

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