Construct an equilateral triangle and then inscribe three congruent circles such that they are tangent to each other and to the sides of the triangle. Describe the construction and prove that it is valid.

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- Nov 1st 2010, 05:32 PMMATNTRNGConstruction...
Construct an equilateral triangle and then inscribe three congruent circles such that they are tangent to each other and to the sides of the triangle. Describe the construction and prove that it is valid.

- Nov 2nd 2010, 01:13 AMearboth
Here is the description:

1. Draw the equilateral triangle (thick black lines)

2. Draw the angle bisectors of the interior angles (blue lines)

3. Draw the angle bisector of the right angle marked in yellow (red line)

4. The interception of the red angle bisector with the blue angle bisector is the center of one of the three common circles.

5. Construct the length of the radius of the interior circle: Draw a line perpendicular to one side of the triangle through the center of the circle.

6. Draw the circle.

7. The remaining centers of the two other circles are the vertices of an equilateral tringle whose sides are parallel to the sides of the given triangle. Construct the centers of the two other circles.

8. I don't understand what you want to proof. So I'll leave this part for you.