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Maths Item of the Month

April 2018
Easter egg

egg construction

An egg is constructed as follows:

  • Draw a circle of radius 1 at a point A.
  • Mark diametrically opposite points on the circumference, B and C. Draw the circle with centre B through C and the circle with centre C through B.
  • Join the two points of intersection, D and E, of these two circles and find one of the points of intersection, F, of this line with the original circle.
  • Draw the largest circle with centre F that sits inside the circles with centres B and C.
  • Join the arcs CB, BG, GH and HC.

What is the area of egg?

Maths item of the month archive

A list of Maths Items of the Month categorised by GCSE/A level topics can be seen at: Maths Items of the Month Curriculum mapping.