posted by Zach on .
Six pipes each having a radius of 0.5 feet are stacked in a triangular pile with three pipes on the ground tangent to each other, two in the next row and one on top. What is the height of the pile. Express you answer in simplest radical form
A good idea is to take 6 identical coins and line them up as above (6 quarters)
draw a line from the centre of the bottom middle circle to the centre of the left circle of the middle row.
Draw a horizontal line from the centre of the left circle in the second row to the point of tangency with the other circle in that row.
Draw a vertical from that point of tangency to the centre of the bottom middle circle.
You should have a right-angled triangle with hypotenuse 1, short leg as 0.5 and vertical leg as x
x^2 + .5^2 = 1^2
x^2 = .73 or 3/4
x = √3/2
so the distance from the outside of the bottom middle circle to the centre of the 6 circles is
√3/2 + .5
Then the height of the whole stack is
2(√3/2 + .5)
= √3 + 1
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The probability that you win $4 both times is