Hi Agnishom;

#### bobbym wrote:

A picture is worth a thousand words.

For people like me who are geometrically challenged this problem is a nightmare. So far I have come up with 10^16 different possible drawings that to me fit those constraints.

Now I am busy looking up externally tangent, internally tangent, tangerine tangent... in the hopes of what externally tangent to the line means. Intersects at one point?

I see that bob has got his circles with their centers on the line, I have lifted my circles and it was hard to do, after all there are an infinite amount of them, to roll on the line. That takes care of externally tangent. Now this second bunch of circles, where do they go?

#### John McCarthy wrote:

As the Chinese say, 1001 words is worth more than a picture.

Maybe I shouldn't need the diagram...