Three semicircles with diameters a, b and x. Express x in terms of a and b.

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## Solution

Diameter x=a+b.

It can be shown that the line segment connecting the centres of the smaller semicircles is parallel to the diameter of the large semicircle. Now the length can be filled in as above. Clearly, if the large centre is halfway the triangle base and x=a+b, we have a solution. Moving it to the left or to the right, one cannot satisfy the conditions, so it must be unique.

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