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    Intersection of circles

    Started learning arcs, secotr and segments of circles, but textbook doesn't explain this problem.

    Two circles of radii 3 cm and 4cm have their centres 5 cm apart. Find the area of the intersection of the two circles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CipherPol View Post
    Started learning arcs, secotr and segments of circles, but textbook doesn't explain this problem.

    Two circles of radii 3 cm and 4cm have their centres 5 cm apart. Find the area of the intersection of the two circles.

    In the picture, you want the area of the region CXDY. Split it into two by the line CD. The part to the right of that line is equal to the sector ACXD of the smaller circle, less the triangle ACD. Similarly, the part to the left of the line is equal to the sector BCYD of the larger circle, less the triangle BCD.

    You will doubtless have noticed that ACB and ADB are 3-4-5 right-angled triangles, which will be helpful in calculating the angles that you require in order to find the areas of those sectors and triangles.
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