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Saladsamurai

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## Homework Statement

Alright... so I thought of this problem on the train ride home. I am sure plenty thought of it before me...but now it is my turn.

Say want to know what the length L an equilateral triangle must have such that all three points touch the circle of radius R that it is contained by.

I have drawn the problem. i have bisected one of the 60 degree angles to form a right triangle.

I then drew a line perpendicular to the bisecting line to create a similar triangle.

I do not know if this is the way you would have approached this, but it seemed pretty logical to me.

I feel like I have almost all (if not all) the necessary info to write L in terms of R.

Can someone chime in with a hint here?

I feel like I need something more about either the short leg of the inner triangle or its hypoteneuse. then I can relate

both triangles to the angle.