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Using radians to discover the lengths of geometric shapes (circles)

  1. Mar 11, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
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    This is my brothers maths homework. He normally doesn't use online methods to request help and this is his first time.

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  3. Mar 11, 2013 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    Welcome to the Physics Forums.

    So whats your question? We can't just do your homework for you.
  4. Mar 11, 2013 #3
    radians question

    sorry about that, if forgot to state my problem.
    i was wondering how to get the inner angles of the big and small wheel.
    i've been able to get 'alpha' and 'phi' but i don't know how to get 'theta' on the big wheel.
    if you can explain how i can get that then i'll be able to get the smaller wheel angle and then find the major arc lengths of both wheels.
  5. Mar 11, 2013 #4


    Staff: Mentor

    so first notice the part of band between the two wheels touches tangentially to both that means the radii that touch it both have measure pi/2 and are in fact parallel to one another.

    if you extend the 6 cm radius a bit to 16 cm then you have a rectangle containing a right triangle with sides X cm, 10 cm and hypotenuse 26 cm. You can then compute its angles and go from there.

    I didn't 21.49 cm for X. I got a nice integer number.
  6. Mar 12, 2013 #5
    Thanks I got the answer of 125cm which I checked in the back of the answers and is right. The way you explained it helped.
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