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Question 13: ABCD is a square drawn inside a square PQRS of sides 4 cm by joining midpoints of the sides PQ, QR, RS, SP. Another square is drawn inside ABCD similarly. This process is repeated infinite number of times. Find the sum of all the squares.

- 16 cm
^{2} - 28 cm
^{2} - 32 cm
^{2} - Infinite

32 cm

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Diagram -

AP = PB = 2cm

∴ AB = √(2^{2} + 2^{2}) = √8 = 2√2 cm

Similarly, BE = EH = \\frac{2√2}{2}\\) = √2 cm

∴ EH = √(√2^{2} + √2^{2})

= √4 = 2 cm

If we write the infinite series of area of squares,

= 42 + (2√2)^{2} + 2^{2} + ……. infinite

Since it is a decreasing series sum of infinite terms can be approximated.

= 16+8+4+………infinite

∴ a (first term) = 16 , r = \\frac{1}{2}\\) (in the infinite G.P)

Sum of an infinite G.P = \\frac{a}{1 - r}\\)

= \\frac{16}{1-1/2}\\)

= 32 cm^{2}

The question is **" Find the sum of all the squares. "**

Choice C is the correct answer.

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