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Circle O is inscribed in equilateral triangle ABC. If the area of ABC is $$24 \sqrt{3}$$, what is area of circle O?

A. 2$$\pi$$\sqrt{3}
B. 4$$\pi$$
C. 4$$\pi$$\sqrt{3}
D. 8$$\pi$$
E. 12$$\pi$$

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Originally posted by Skientist on 18 Nov 2012, 15:16.
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18 Nov 2012, 17:13
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Skientist wrote:
Circle O is inscribed in equilateral triangle ABC. If the area of ABC is $$24 \sqrt{3}$$, what is area of circle O?
2$$\pi$$\sqrt{3}
4$$\pi$$
4$$\pi$$\sqrt{3}
8$$\pi$$
12$$\pi$$

See the attached figure.
Area of triangle is given as $$24 \sqrt{3}$$. using area for equilateral trianlge, side of triangle is $$4 \sqrt{6}$$.
Also using pythagorean theorem height of triangle is $$6 \sqrt{2}$$

Now note in figure, height = r + p => r+p =$$6 \sqrt{2}$$

Also, $$p^2 = r^2 + (2 \sqrt{6})^2$$

=> $$(6 \sqrt{2} -r)^2 =r^2 + 24$$
=> $$r = 2 \sqrt{2}$$

Thus area of circle = $$\pi*r^2$$ = $$8*\pi$$

Ans D it is!
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Area of triangle is given as . using area for equilateral trianlge, side of triangle is .
Also using pythagorean theorem height of triangle is

Hi Vips0000

Can you please expand out this element? I can't follow what you've done here (in either case).

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Skientist wrote:
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Area of triangle is given as . using area for equilateral trianlge, side of triangle is .
Also using pythagorean theorem height of triangle is

Hi Vips0000
Can you please expand out this element? I can't follow what you've done here (in either case).
Thanks
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1: "using area for equilateral trianlge, side of triangle is"
area for a equilateral triangle is given by $$(\sqrt{3}/4)a^2$$ , where a is the side of equilateral triangle.
thus $$(\sqrt{3}/4)a^2$$ =$$24\sqrt{3}$$
=> side of triangle = a =$$4\sqrt{6}$$

2: "using pythagorean theorem height of triangle is"

From picture you can see,
$$height^2 + (base/2)^2 = Side^2$$
base and side are same and equal to a, as defined earlier.
=> $$height^2 = a^2 - (a/2)^2$$
using value of a obtained earlier.
=>height = $$6\sqrt{2}$$

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19 Nov 2012, 07:03
Skientist wrote:
Circle O is inscribed in equilateral triangle ABC. If the area of ABC is $$24 \sqrt{3}$$, what is area of circle O?

A. 2$$\pi$$\sqrt{3}
B. 4$$\pi$$
C. 4$$\pi$$\sqrt{3}
D. 8$$\pi$$
E. 12$$\pi$$

Simple one....
Remember the incircle and circumcircle relation always
Area of Triangle = abc/(4*circumradius) = inradius * semi perimeter
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This one turns out to be a pretty straight forward question if you relay on a couple of formulas.

Basically, we are seeking to estimate the area of a circle and to do that we need a radius. There must be a relationship between the radius of the incircle and the area of the equilateral triangle.
Let's start off recalling the formula of the equilateral triangle's area.

A= s^2 (√3/4) (where s is a side of the equilateral triangle)

Now from the above expression we ensue that s= 4 √6

Now we know that the radius of a circle inscribed in an equilateral triangle is equal to the length of the side multiplied by √3/6

From here we just need to plug the values in and solve the equation accordingly which will yield 8(22/7) and the correct answer is D.
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21 Sep 2016, 21:03
This question can be solved much faster using direct relationships:
Equilateral triangle area: [sqrt(3)/4]*(a^2) = 24*sqrt(3); (a^2) = 2223*22; a = 4*sqrt(6);
Radius of incircle of equilateral triangle: r = [a*sqrt(3)]/6 =[4*sqrt(3)]/sqrt(6) = 4/sqrt(2) = 4*sqrt(2)/2 = 2*sqrt(2)
Area of circle = pi*(r^2) = 8pi
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07 Aug 2018, 15:59
Can someone explain how to get the sides of the triangle to 4√6?
I don't know how to solve the equation of (3√4)a^2 = 24√3
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