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    I have a little geometry/algebra problem, if you could help?

    The question reads as follows:

    A 12x12-inch square is divided into n^2 congruent squares by equally spaced lines parallel to its sides. circles are inscribed in each of the squares. Find the sum of the areas of the circles.
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    Underneath the word problem there is a picture with 6 circles stacked like this OOO except without the space between them the circles touch eachother but I thought maybe the picture was a hint for solving the eqation?


    If you could please help me in solving this and please teach me how to solve this in the process. I want to know that answer but hopefully learn how to get to the answer. Thank you

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    Re: I have a little geometry/algebra problem, if you could help?

    You know there will be n^2 circles, so we need the radius of the circles...can you find the diameter?
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    Re: I have a little geometry/algebra problem, if you could help?

    Im not even sure where to start on this problem. would you devide 12x12 by n^2
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    Re: I have a little geometry/algebra problem, if you could help?

    Anyone have any help for me on this problem?
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    Re: I have a little geometry/algebra problem, if you could help?

    Quote Originally Posted by FKrueger12 View Post
    A 12x12-inch square is divided into n^2 congruent squares by equally spaced lines parallel to its sides. circles are inscribed in each of the squares. Find the sum of the areas of the circles.
    You have n^2 congruent squares, so each square has a side length of \frac{12}{n}, so each circle has radius equal \frac{6}{n}. WHY?

    What is the area of each circle?

    Sum those up.
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    Re: I have a little geometry/algebra problem, if you could help?

    post geometry problems in the geometry forum, please. the lobby is for introductions.
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