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 Sangaku Problem 41. Mickey Mouse. Level: High School, SAT Prep, College

The figure shows three circles (representing head and ears of Mickey Mouse) where a, b and c are respective radii, and d is the length of the exterior tangent. Prove that: 

References: H. Fukagawa & D. Pedoe "Japanese Temple Geometry Problems Sangaku" Winnipeg, Canada, 1989.

Sangaku or San Gaku are Japanese geometrical problems in Euclidean geometry on wooden tablets created during the Edo period (1603-1867) by members of all social classes.

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