Monday, November 30, 2015

[PriOlym_20151130RTAC] Ratio with One Circle Overlapping Two


     This question is like this previous one, except it is of olympiad standard.  I illustrate the solution of this without algebra, by using Distinguised Ratio Units.  As before, I try to match parts to an equal number.  But here we have quite a mixture of different types of units.


     Basically we make the triangle units to number 12 and do the same for the circle and square units.  It turns out that one triangle unit is the sum of one circle unit and square unit.  We deduce that 9 circle units (for the area of A) plus 6 circle units (for the area of B) is the same as 8 circle units and 8 circle units.  The reduction of circle units must be equally compensated by the increase in the circle units.  Thus one circle unit is the same as two square units.  From here, things become easy.

H02. Use a diagram / model
H04. Look for pattern(s)
H05. Work backwards
H09. Restate the problem in another way
H11. Solve part of the problem

Suitable Levels
Primary School Olympiad Mathematics
Primary School Mathematics (challenge)
* other syllabuses that involve areas and ratios
* anyone who is game for a challenge

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