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− | First, note the triangle <math>ABC</math> is equilateral. Next, notice that since the arc <math>BC</math> has length 12, it follows that we can find the radius of the sector centered at <math>A</math>. <math>\frac {1}{6}({2}{\pi})AB=12 \implies AB=36/{\pi}</math>. Next, connect the center of the circle to side <math>AB</math>, and call this length <math>r</math>, and call the foot <math>M</math>. Since <math>ABC</math> is equilateral, it follows that <math>MB=18/{\pi}</math>, and <math> | + | First, note the triangle <math>ABC</math> is equilateral. Next, notice that since the arc <math>BC</math> has length 12, it follows that we can find the radius of the sector centered at <math>A</math>. <math>\frac {1}{6}({2}{\pi})AB=12 \implies AB=36/{\pi}</math>. Next, connect the center of the circle to side <math>AB</math>, and call this length <math>r</math>, and call the foot <math>M</math>. Since <math>ABC</math> is equilateral, it follows that <math>MB=18/{\pi}</math>, and <math>OA</math> (where O is the center of the circle) is <math>36/{\pi}-r</math>. By the pythagorean theorem, you get <math>r^2+(18/{\pi})^2=(36/{\pi}-r)^2 \implies r=27/2{\pi}</math>. Finally, we see that the circumference is <math>2{\pi}*27/2{\pi}=\boxed{(D)27}</math>. |
== See also == | == See also == |
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Problem
If circular arcs and have centers at and , respectively, then there exists a circle tangent to both and , and to . If the length of is , then the circumference of the circle is
Solution 1
Since are all radii, it follows that is an equilateral triangle.
Draw the circle with center and radius . Then let be the point of tangency of the two circles, and be the intersection of the smaller circle and . Let be the intersection of the smaller circle and . Also define the radii (note that is a diameter of the smaller circle, as is the point of tangency of both circles, the radii of a circle is perpendicular to the tangent, hence the two centers of the circle are collinear with each other and ).
By the Power of a Point Theorem,
Since , then . Since is equilateral, , and so . Thus and the circumference of the circle is .
(Alternatively, the Pythagorean Theorem can also be used to find in terms of . Notice that since AB is tangent to circle , is perpendicular to . Therefore,
After simplification, .
Solution 2 (Pythagorean Theorem)
First, note the triangle is equilateral. Next, notice that since the arc has length 12, it follows that we can find the radius of the sector centered at . . Next, connect the center of the circle to side , and call this length , and call the foot . Since is equilateral, it follows that , and (where O is the center of the circle) is . By the pythagorean theorem, you get . Finally, we see that the circumference is .
See also
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