Area of circle inscribed with 3 smaller circles

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A large circle is inscribed with 3 smaller circles, eachhttps://www.physicsforums.com/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=156 [Broken] of the four circles is tangent to the other three. If the radius of each of the smaller circles is a, find the area of the largest circle.

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the answer must be 1/3pi(7+4√3)a²

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Hi rayrenz - is there a question here ?

if its just to check you work, then you need to show how you got to the answer
 
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ok, so what ideas do you have?
 
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that's the problem to this, to show the solution on how to arrive the answer with r=a
 
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maybe find the area of the triangle that connects the center of the three circles
 
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not the area, but that triangle is a good place to start... at the end of the day, you want to find the radius R of the large circle

now back to that triangle... it will be an equilateral triangle - what is the length of one side?
 
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then find the distance form the point of a triangle to both the large circle centre and edge, thus giving R
 

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