# Circle

 A circle is easy to make:Draw a curve that is "radius" awayfrom a central point.And so:All points are the same distance from the center.

## You Can Draw It Yourself

Put a pin in a board, put a loop of string around it, and insert a pencil into the loop. Keep the string stretched and draw the circle!

## Play With It

Try dragging the point to see how the radius and circumference change.

(See if you can keep a constant radius!)

The Radius is the distance from the center outwards.

The Diameter goes straight across the circle, through the center.

The Circumference is the distance once around the circle.

And here is the really cool thing:

When we divide the circumference by the diameter we get 3.141592654...
which is the number π (Pi)

 So when the diameter is 1, the circumference is 3.141592654...

We can say:

Circumference = π × Diameter

### Example: You walk around a circle which has a diameter of 100m, how far have you walked?

Distance walked = Circumference = π × 100m

= 314m (to the nearest m)

Also note that the Diameter is twice the Radius:

And so this is also true:

Circumference = 2 × π × Radius

In Summary:

 × 2 × π

## Remembering

• Radius is the shortest word and shortest measure
• Diameter is longer
• Circumference is the longest

## Definition

 The circle is a plane shape (two dimensional), so:

Circle: the set of all points on a plane that are a fixed distance from a center.

## Area

The area of a circle is π times the radius squared, which is written:

A = π r2

Where

• A is the Area

To help you remember think "Pie Are Squared" (even though pies are usually round):

### Example: What is the area of a circle with radius of 1.2 m ?

Area= πr2
= π × 1.22
= 3.14159... × (1.2 × 1.2)
= 4.52 (to 2 decimals)

Or, using the Diameter:

A = (π/4) × D2

### Area Compared to a Square

A circle has about 80% of the area of a similar-width square.
The actual value is (π/4) = 0.785398... = 78.5398...%

And something interesting for you:

## Names

Because people have studied circles for thousands of years special names have come about.

Nobody wants to say "that line that starts at one side of the circle, goes through the center and ends on the other side" when they can just say "Diameter".

So here are the most common special names:

## Lines

A line that "just touches" the circle as it passes by is called a Tangent.

A line that cuts the circle at two points is called a Secant.

A line segment that goes from one point to another on the circle's circumference is called a Chord.

If it passes through the center it is called a Diameter.

And a part of the circumference is called an Arc.

## Slices

There are two main "slices" of a circle.

The "pizza" slice is called a Sector.

And the slice made by a chord is called a Segment.

## Common Sectors

The Quadrant and Semicircle are two special types of Sector:

Quarter of a circle is called a Quadrant.

Half a circle is called a Semicircle.

## Inside and Outside

A circle has an inside and an outside (of course!). But it also has an "on", because we could be right on the circle.

Example: "A" is outside the circle, "B" is inside the circle and "C" is on the circle.

### Ellipse

A circle is a "special case" of an ellipse.