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I have a question my brother asked me but I need a math expert.

You have two interlocking circles and the radius of circle B goes through the center of circle A and of course the radius of circle A goes through the center of circle B. The radius of each circle is 30 feet. Now, if you draw a line C from the top center of circle A across to the top center of circle B, the line would be 60 feet long and would leave an area below it created by the line C and part of an arc of circle A and part of an arc of circle B. Please give me the area of that space in square feet or the formula for how it's worked. Thanks.

  • Math - ,

    We will describe the problem as follows.

    Two circles A,B of equal radii (r=30') are centred at P, Q, distance r apart.

    Points R and S on circles A, B are such that RS form a common tangent to both circles. Hence PRSQ form a square of side r.

    Arcs are drawn with centre P and Q, radius r, which intersect at point D inside the square.

    Hence Δ PDQ is an equilateral triangle of side r.

    The required area bounded by the side RS , arcs RD and DS will be equal to

    Area of square PRSQ - Area of ΔADQ - area of sector RPD - Area of sector SQD.

    Note that sectors RPD and SQD have centrai angles of (90-60)=30°.

  • Math - ,

    Typo corrections:

    Area of square PRSQ - Area of ΔPDQ - area of sector RPD - Area of sector SQD.

    Note that sectors RPD and SQD have central angles of (90-60)=30°.

  • Math - ,

    Many thanks.

  • Math :) - ,

    You're welcome!

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