Circle, its Parts and Measures

Circle

Circle is defined as path of a moving point that remains at a fixed distance from a fixed point. Circle is a closed curve in which all points on its boundary are at equal distances from that fixed point.

The fixed point is called centre of circle and fixed distance is called radius of circle.

Example of a circle
Example of a circle

Here in the above figure, we can see that point A is a moving point which remains at fixed distance from fixed point O.

O is center of the circle and the fixed distance between O and A is called radius of circle.

The length of boundary of circle is called its circumference.

Parts of circle

A circle has many more parts in addition to its center and radius that we shall discuss here also.

Diameter of circle

Diameter of circle is a line segment which passes through centre of circle and its end points lie on the circle.

A circle can have unlinited number of diameters and centre of circle is always a mid point of every diameter in a circle.

So we can say, all diameters of a circle always pass through center of the circle. Therefore, all diameters of a circle are concurrent and center of circle is a common point.

Diameter of circle
Diameter of circle

In given figure, AB is a line segment which has its end points A and B which lie on boundary of circle and line segment passes through center O of the circle. Therefore, AB is said to be a diameter of this circle.

In circle, the length of diameter is always double the radius of circle.

Formula

\(Diameter = 2 \times Radius\)

So in above circle

\(AB = 2 \times OA\)

Note

A circle has infinite number of diameters.

Semi circle

The diameter of a circle always divides the circle into two equal parts. Each of these two equal parts is called as semi circle.

Semi circle
Semi circle
Two equal parts of circle
Two equal parts of circle

In above figure, we can see diameter AB divides the circle in two equal parts, one is above the diameter and another is below the diameter.

Chord of circle

A straight line with its two points lying on circle is called the chord of circle.

Chord of circle
Chord of circle

In the above figure, AB is the chord of circle.

Also, PQ is the chord of circle which passes through center of circle and has the maximum length if compared to other chords of circle.

Thus, PQ is also a diameter of this circle. Hence, we can say diameter is always the longest chord of circle.

Secant

A straight line which passes through circle and intersects the circle at two points is called secant of circle.

Secant of circle
Secant of circle

In above figure, line AB passes through circle and instersects the cirlce at two points A and B, therefore, AB is secant of the circle.

Tangent

A straight line which touches the circle at a point on circle is called tangent of the circle.

The point where line touches the circle is called point of contact.

Tangent of circle
Tangent of circle

In above given figure, line l touches the circle at only one point P, so line l is tangent of circle and P is the point of contact.

Arc

Arc of circle is a length of the boundary of a circle bounded by those two distinct points which lie on the circumference of circle.

Arc of circle
Arc of circle

In above figure, A and B are two distinct points those lie on circumference of the circle. So, the length of boundary AB that exists between points A and B, is the arc of circle. It is written as AB.

Minor Arc and Major Arc

The distinct points on circumference of circle divides the circumference into two parts. The length of smaller part of the circumference is called minor arc and length of larger part on circumference is called major arc.

Minor arc and major arc of circle
Minor arc and major arc of circle

In above figure, A and B are the two distinct points and they divide the circumference into two parts ARB and ASB. The length ARB is shorter in length than the length ASB. Hence, ARB is called minor arc and length ASB is called major arc.

Sector of circle

Sector of circle is the region of circle that is bounded by an arc and two radii of the circle.

Sector of circle
Sector of circle

In above figure, OA and OB are radii of circle with center O and AXB is the arc. Therefore, OAXB is the sector of circle.

Minor Sector and Major Sector

Sector of a circle which has minor arc is called minor sector of the circle.

Sector of a circle which has major arc is called major sector of the circle.

The radius OA and radius OB divides the circle into two parts.

Minor sector and major sector of circle
Minor sector and major sector of circle

In above figure, region OAXB is bounded by minor arc AXB. So, OAXB is minor sector of the circle.

The region OAYB is bounded by a major arc AYB. So, OAYB is major sector of the circle.

Also, here, OA and OB radii make an angle at cente O, \(angle AOB\).

\(angle AOB\) is called as angle of the sector. It is denoted by Theta \(\theta\).

Quadrant

The region of a circle which is bounded by two perpendicular radii and an arc is called a quadrant.

Quadrant of circle
Quadrant of circle

In above figure, radius OA and radius OB are perpendicular to each other. Here, angle of sector \(angle AOB\) = \(90^0\)

Segment

Segment is defined as part of a circle which is bounded by an arc and a chord.

Segment of circle
Segment of circle

In above figure, AB is chord and APB is arc of circle. So, region enclosed by chord AB and arc APB is called as segment of the circle,

Minor Segment and Major Segment

When a chord divides the circle in two unequal segments, the region which includes the minor arc is called as minor segment and the region which includes major arc is called as major segment.

Major segment and minor segment of circle
Major segment and minor segment of circle

In above figure, chord AB divides circle into two segments. One segment is bounded by arc ARB and the second segment is bounded by arc ASB. Also, Arc ARB is shorter in length than arc ASB.

Hence, the segment bounded by arc ARB is minor segment and the segment bounded by arc ASB is major segment.

Moreover, major segment always includes the center O of circle.

Measurements of circle

The very common measurments that can we do for a circle are circumference of circle, area of circle, area of sector, length of arc and area of segment.

So, let’s discuss about them and see how to caluclate them.

Circumference of circle

Circumference is distance around the circle. Its units are same as that of length i.e meter, centimeter, millimeter etc.

We can calculate the circumference of circle using the formula as below:

Formula

\(Circumference \; of \; circle = 2 \pi r\)

where, \(\pi\) is a constant value and r is radius of circle

The constant value of \(\pi = \frac{22}{7}\) or \(3.14\)

Example

Calculate circumference of circle whose radius is 5cm.

Here, radius of circle = 5cm

As we know, \(Circumference \; of \; circle = 2 \pi r\)

\(\therefore\), \(Circumference \; of \; circle = 2 \pi \times 5\)

\(= 2 \times 3.14 \times 5\)

\(= 31.4 \; cm\)

Note

What is \(\pi\)?

\(\pi\) is a value that never changes. If calculated, it always remains constant i.e. \(3.14\).

How is it calculated?

It is calculated by dividing the circumference of circle to diameter of circle.

It is a ratio of circumference and diameter of circle.

This constant value is denoted by \(\pi\) and read as pi.

\(\pi = \frac{Circumference}{Diameter}\)

Area of circle

Area of circle is a space occupied by a circle. Its units are i.e \(meter^2\), \(centimeter^2\), \(millimeter^2\) etc.

Formula

\(Area \; of \; circle = \pi r^2\)

where, \(\pi\) is a constant value and r is radius of circle

Again, the constant value of \(\pi = \frac{22}{7}\) or \(3.14\)

Example

Calculate area of circle whose radius is 10cm.

Here, radius of circle = 10cm

As we know, \(Area \; of \; circle = \pi r^2\)

\(\therefore\), \(Area \; of \; circle = \pi \times 10^2\)

\(= 3.14 \times 100\)

\(= 314 \; cm^2\)

For the following below measurements, please refer to this figure.

Sector area of circle
Sector area of circle

Area of sector

Formula

\(Area \; of \; sector \; of \; angle \; \theta = \frac{\theta}{360} \times \pi r^2\)

Area of major sector

Formula

\(Area \; of \; major \; sector \; OADB = \pi r^2 \; – \; Area \; of \; minor \; sector \; OACB\)

Length of arc

Formula

\(Length \; of \; arc \; of \; sector \; of \; angle \; \theta = \frac{\theta}{360} \times 2 \pi r\)

Area of segment

Formula

\(Area \; of \; segment \; ACB = \pi r^2 \; – \; Area \; of \; triangle\)

Area of major segment

Formula

\(Area \; of \; major \; segment \; ADB = \pi r^2 \; – \; Area \; of \; minor \; segment \; ACB\)