Area of circle

Objective:

To give a suggestive demonstration of the formula that the area of the circle is half the product of its circumference and radius.

Definition:

Circle:  It is the set of all points in a plane that are at a given distance from a given point, the centre.

A circle with circumference (C) in black, diameter (D) in cyan, radius (R) in red, and centre (O) in magenta is below:

Related Terms:

Center: A point inside the circle. All points on the circle are equidistant (same distance) from the center point.
Radius: The radius is the distance from the center to any point on the circle. It is half the diameter.
Chord: A segment of a straight line joining two points on a circle.
Diameter: The length of any chord passing through the center. It is twice the radius.
Circumference: The circumference is the perimeter of the circle. It is 2\pi r.
Area: Area of the region enclosed by the circle. It is \pi r^{2}.

Properties of a circle:

  • The radius perpendicular to a chord bisects the chord.
  • The diameter of a circle is the longest chord.

 

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