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    Help with solving this probability problem

    I know that you have to do

    area of circle-area of inner square
    Area of outer square


    the area of the circle= (3.1413)r^2
    the area of outer square= 4r^2

    But i cant figure out the area of the inner circle?

    can anyone help me?
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    Re: Help with solving this probability problem

    Hey arb123.

    What do you mean for the inner circle? I only see one circle in your diagram and you have the area of that circle in your post.
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    Re: Help with solving this probability problem

    I meant the inner square. Sorry!
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    Re: Help with solving this probability problem

    Hi arb123.

    Notice that if you split the inner square into two triangles, you will have two triangles with base 2r and height r.

    We have:

    A circle with area: r^2\cdot \pi

    A square with area: 2\cdot \frac{(2r\cdot r)}{2}

    A larger square with area: 2r \cdot 2r

    The shaded area is thus: \left(r^2\cdot \pi-2\cdot \frac{(2r\cdot r)}{2}\right)

    The probability of the dart hitting the shaded area and NOT the white area inside the larger square, between its corners and the circle is thus:

    \frac{\left(r^2\cdot \pi-2\cdot \frac{(2r\cdot r)}{2}\right)}{2r\cdot 2r}
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    Re: Help with solving this probability problem

    Perhaps chiro can verify my answer?
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    Re: Help with solving this probability problem

    why wouldn't the height also be 2r? when you draw in out the height of each side of the triangle is equal to the base.
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    Re: Help with solving this probability problem

    Does this image help you understand why the height is r and the base is 2r? http://s9.postimage.org/5zb7sblnj/expl.png
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    Re: Help with solving this probability problem

    Yes, i see now! Thank you.
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