Given an equilateral triangle with side length 2, the radius
of any of the inscribed equal circles depends on the number of circles inscribed. Before reading Details, see if you can notice a pattern in the answer as you vary
THINGS TO TRY
For a given
, the radius of a circle is
. The ratio of the total area of the circles to the area of the triangle is
, which approaches
This Demonstration is based on , problem 15, Chapter 11.
 J. Stewart,
Calculus: Early Transcendentals
, 5th ed., Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, 2007.
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Published: July 18, 2011
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