Try this beautiful problem from Geometry based on ratio of Circles from AMC 10A, 2009, Problem 21.

Ratio of Circles – AMC-10A, 2009- Problem 21


Many Gothic cathedrals have windows with portions containing a ring of congruent circles that are circumscribed by a larger circle, In the figure shown, the number of smaller circles is four. What is the ratio of the sum of the areas of the four smaller circles to the area of the larger circle?

Figure of the problem
  • $3-2 \sqrt{2}$
  • $2-\sqrt{2}$
  • $4(3-2 \sqrt{2})$
  • $\frac{1}{2}(3-\sqrt{2})$
  • $2 \sqrt{2}-2$

Key Concepts


Geometry

Circle

Pythagoras

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Answer: \(4(3-2 \sqrt{2})\)

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AMC-10A (2009) Problem 21

Pre College Mathematics

Try with Hints


First hint

Circles in Circle

We have to find out the ratio of the sum of the areas of the four smaller circles to the area of the larger circle. To find out the area any circle,we need radius.so at first we have to find out radius of two types circle.Can you find out the radius of two type circle i.e small circle and big circle………………

Can you now finish the problem ……….

Second Hint

finding ratio of area of circles

Let the radius of the Four small circles be \(r\).Therfore from the above diagram we can say \(CD=DE=EF=CF=2r\). Now the quadrilateral \(CDEF\) in the center must be a square. Therefore from Pythagoras theorm we can say \(DF=\sqrt{(2r)^2 + (2r)^2}=2r\sqrt 2\). So \(AB=AD+DF+BF=r+2r\sqrt 2+r=2r+2r\sqrt 2\)

Therefore radius of the small circle is \(r\) and big circle is\(R=r+r \sqrt{2}=r(1+\sqrt{2})\)

Can you now finish the problem ……….

Final Step

shaded circles

Therefore the area of the large circle is \(L=\pi R^{2}=\pi r^{2}(1+\sqrt{2})^{2}=\pi r^{2}(3+2 \sqrt{2}) \)and the The area of four small circles is \(S=4 \pi r^{2}\)

The ratio of the area will be \(\frac{S}{L}=\frac{4 \pi r^{2}}{\pi r^{2}(3+2 \sqrt{2})}\)

=\(\frac{4}{3+2 \sqrt{2}}\)

=\(\frac{4}{3+2 \sqrt{2}} \cdot \frac{3-2 \sqrt{2}}{3-2 \sqrt{2}}\)

=\(\frac{4(3-2 \sqrt{2})}{3^{2}-(2 \sqrt{2})^{2}}\)

=\(\frac{4(3-2 \sqrt{2})}{1}\)

=\(4(3-2 \sqrt{2})\)

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