Paper Cup Mathematics Worksheet 2
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Your group has been hired to paint the floor of a merry-go-round. You need to measure the area of the floor exactly because you do not want to buy extra paint. The carousel is circular and in the middle is a smaller circle, which contains all the machinery for the carousel. Therefore, the carousel platform is an annulus. The only measurement provided is the length of the chord of the outer circle that is also tangent to the inner circle. The measure of segment AB is 70 feet. Find the area of the annulus.
After you have found a solution, complete a construction on Geometer's Sketchpad® that models the problem.
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