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Circumference and area are two measurements that can be used to analyze circles. The first measures the boundary or perimeter of a circle, while the second measures the space inside a circle. Sometimes, only a portion of the circumference and/or area — *arcs* and *sectors,* respectively — are explored.

A circle is the set of all points that are equidistant from a given point. The given point is usually called the *center* of the circle. The distance between the center and any point on the circle is called a radius.

An angle whose vertex lies at the center of a circle and whose legs are radii is called a central angle.

In this diagram, $∠C$ is a central angle of the circle. Note that the measure of the intercepted arc of a central angle is equal to the measure of the central angle.

Recall that both a circle and a complete angle measure $360$ degrees. Since the vertex of a central angle lies at the center of a circle, both the central angle and its intercepted arc represent the same portion of the circle. Use the slider in the applet to see this relationship.

Therefore, the central angle and its intercepted arc have the same measure.

Suppose $∠ACB$ is drawn in circle $C$ such that it is a central angle. If $m∠ACB$ is less than $180_{∘},$ the endpoints of the angle, $A$ and $B,$ create a minor arc on the circle. This arc can be named $\Arc{AB}.$

If $m∠ACB$ is *greater* than $180_{∘},$ the endpoints of the angle create a major arc on the circle. In other words, the points on the circle not included in the minor arc create a major arc.

A major arc can be named using its endpoints and another point on the arc. Therefore, the major arc can be named $\Arc{ADB}.$ In the diagram above,

- $C$ is the center of the circle,
- $∠ACB$ is a central angle of the circle,
- arc $AB$ is a minor arc, and
- arc $ADB$ is a major arc.

The measure of an arc is equal to the measure of the central angle that creates it. Suppose arc $AB$ is created when the central angle $∠ACB$ is drawn inside circle $C.$ In the diagram above, the measure of arc $AB=m∠C.$

Suppose the measure of arc $AB$ is given as $θ.$ The measure of the corresponding major arc, arc $ADB,$ can be found by subtracting $θ$ from $360_{∘},$ the measure of the entire circle.

An arc length is a portion of the circumference of a circle.

In the diagram, the measure of $\Arc{AB}$ equals $θ,$ while the length of $\Arc{AB}$ corresponds to the portion of the circumference the red arc spans. To find it, the relationship between arc length and arc measure can be used.Find the measure of arcs $AB$ and $BCA.$

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To begin, let's make sense of the given information. As can be seen, $1.22$ is the length of arc $AB,$ and $2$ is the radius of the circle. Because arc length is given and arc measure needs to be determined, we can use the relationship between the two.
$circumferencearc length =360_{∘}arc measure $
To find the measure of arc $AB,$ we must first calculate the circumference of the circle.
$CCC =2πr=2π⋅2=4π $
Now, we can substitute the known values for circumference and arc length into the equation to solve for the measure of arc $AB.$
Thus, the measure of arc $AB$ is approximately $34.95_{∘}.$ Notice that arc $AB$ is a minor arc and arc $BCA$ is its corresponding major arc. As a result, we can subtract $34.95_{∘}$ from $360_{∘}$ to find the measure of arc $BCA.$
$360_{∘}−34.95_{∘}=325.05_{∘}$
Thus, the measure of arc $BCA$ is approximately $325.05_{∘}.$

$circumferencearc length =360_{∘}arc measure $

SubstituteValuesSubstitute values

$4π1.22 =360_{∘}arc measure $

UseCalcUse a calculator

$0.09708…=360_{∘}arc measure $

MultEqn$LHS⋅360_{∘}=RHS⋅360_{∘}$

$34.95_{∘}≈arc measure$

RearrangeEqnRearrange equation

$arc measure≈34.95_{∘}$

Find the length of arc $AB.$

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To begin, we can make sense of the given information. The circle $C$ has a radius of $4$ inches and the arc $AB$ mesaures $50_{∘}.$ The relationship between arc measure and arc length can be used. $circumferencearc length =360_{∘}arc measure $ First, the circumference of circle $C$ can be calculated as follows. $CCC =2πr=2π⋅4=8π $

The length of arc $AB$ can be calculated by substituting the values for circumference and arc measure, and solving.$circumferencearc length =360_{∘}arc measure $

SubstituteValuesSubstitute values

$8πarc length =360_{∘}50_{∘} $

CalcQuotCalculate quotient

$8πarc length =0.13888…$

MultEqn$LHS⋅8π=RHS⋅8π$

$arc length≈3.49$

In the diagram below, circle $AB$ has a radius of $1$ unit, and circle $CD$ has a radius of $r$ units.

The measures of arcs $AB$ and $CD$ are equal because they are created by the same central angle. Because circle $AB$ has a radius of $1,$ the length of arc $AB$ can be found using the definition of arc length.
$arc lengthAB=360_{∘}arc measureAB ⋅2π$
Because all circles are similar, circle $AB∼$ circle $CD.$ Thus, the ratios of corresponding parts between the circles are proportional. An equation relating arc length to radius can be written. $arc lengthABarc lengthCD =1r $
Simplifying the right-hand side and substituting the found value for the length of arc $AB$ gives the following.
$arc lengthCD =r⋅arc length AB=r⋅(360_{∘}arc measureAB ⋅2π) $
The equation above shows that the length of arc $CD$ is proportional to the radius of the circle. In fact, the expression $360_{∘}arc measureAB ⋅2π$
is called the *constant of proportionality,* and defines the radian measure of the central angle associated with the arc. Because the circumference of a circle with radius $1$ is $2π,$ the radian measure of a circle is $2π$ radians — which corresponds to $360_{∘}.$

Because angles can be measured in both radians and degrees, it can be useful to translate between the two. The concept of radian measure asserts that one revolution around a circle corresponds to exactly $2π$ radians. It is also known that this same distance can be expressed as $360_{∘}.$ Thus, $2πradians=360_{∘}.$ Simplifying gives the following conversion factor.

$πradians=180_{∘}$

Convert $45_{∘}$ to radians and $2π radians$ to degrees.

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To convert both measures, we can use the following relation.
$πradians=180_{∘}$
The following proportion can be written to convert $45_{∘}$ to radians.
$180_{∘}πradians =45_{∘}x $
Solving the equation for $x$ will give the corresponding value.
Thus, $45_{∘}$ corresponds to approximately $0.79$ radians. In a similar way, we can convert $2π $ radians to degrees.
$180_{∘}πradians =yπ/2 ⇔y=90_{∘}$
Thus, $2π $ radians corresponds to $90_{∘}.$

$180_{∘}πradians =45_{∘}x $

MultEqn$LHS⋅45_{∘}=RHS⋅45_{∘}$

$180_{∘}πradians ⋅45_{∘}=x$

MoveRightFacToNum$ca ⋅b=ca⋅b $

$180_{∘}πradians⋅45_{∘} =x$

SimpQuotSimplify quotient

$4πradians =x$

UseCalcUse a calculator

$0.78539…radians=x$

RearrangeEqnRearrange equation

$x=0.78539…radians$

The area of a circle measures the space inside the circle.

For a circle with the radius $r,$ the area can be calculated using the following formula.

$A=πr_{2}$

Start by dividing a circle with radius $r$ into a number of equally sized sectors. Then distinguish the top and bottom half of the circle by filling them with different colors. Because the circumference of a circle is $2πr,$ the arc length of each semicircle is half of it, $πr.$

Now, imagine that all of the sectors of the circle are unfold. By placing the blue part as teeth pointing downward and the green part as teeth pointing upwards, a parallelogram-like figure can be formed. Therefore, the area of the figure below should be the same as the circle's area.

It is not easy to calculate the area of this figure, but note that if the circle is divided into more, even smaller sectors, then the figure will begin to look like a rectangle more and more.

The vertical sides becomes more vertical, and the horizontal sides becomes more horizontal. If the circle is divided into **infinitely** small sectors, the figure will become a perfect rectangle, with base $πr$ and height $r.$ Since the area of a rectangle is the product of its height and its base, the area of the figure created by the sectors of circle can be found as follows.
$A =πr⋅r=πr_{2} $
Therefore, the area of the circle can also be found by this formula.

A sector of a circle is a portion of the circle enclosed by two radii and an arc.

In the diagram, sector $ACB$ is created by $AC,BC$ and arc $AB.$The area of a sector of a circle can be determined using the proportional relationship between the circle's and the sector's areas and measures. $area of circlearea of sector =measure of circlemeasure of arcAB $ Substituting the known values gives the following. $πr_{2}area of sector =360_{∘}θ $ Therefore, the area of a sector of a circle can be found using the following formula.

$area of sector=360_{∘}θ ⋅πr_{2}$

Find the area of the sector.

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To begin, notice that the arc corresponding with the given sector measures $100_{∘}.$ Notice also that the radius of the circle is $12$ cm. We can substitute these values into the formula for the area of a sector and solve.
Thus, the area of the sector is approximately $125.66cm_{2}.$

$area of sector=360_{∘}θ ⋅πr_{2}$

$area of sector=360_{∘}100_{∘} ⋅π⋅12_{2}$

UseCalcUse a calculator

$area of sector≈125.66$

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