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Why is the derivative of a circle's area its perimeter (and similarly for spheres)?

When differentiated with respect to $r$, the derivative of $\pi r^2$ is $2 \pi r$, which is the circumference of a circle. Similarly, when the formula for a sphere's volume $\frac{4}{3} \pi r^3$ is ...
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How can I find the points at which two circles intersect?

Given the radius and $x,y$ coordinates of the center point of two circles how can I calculate their points of intersection if they have any?
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Area of intersection between two circles [duplicate]

Suppose you have 2 circles that intersect each other in such a way that each circle passes through the other's center. What is the area between the circle(or common area) i.e. area between the centres ...
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Determining the angle degree of an arc in ellipse?

Is it possible to determine the angle in degree of an arc in ellipse by knowing the arc length, ellipse semi-major and semi-minor axis ? If I have an arc length at the first quarter of an ellipse and ...
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Why can a Venn diagram for 4+ sets not be constructed using circles?

This page gives a few examples of Venn diagrams for 4 sets. Some examples: Thinking about it for a little, it is impossible to partition the plane into the $16$ segments required for a complete ...
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How many sides does a circle have?

My son is in 2nd grade. His math teacher gave the class a quiz, and one question was this: If a triangle has 3 sides, and a rectangle has 4 sides, how many sides does a circle have? My first ...
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Why is $\pi $ equal to $3.14159…$?

Wait before you dismiss this as a crank question :) A friend of mine teaches school kids, and the book she uses states something to the following effect: If you divide the circumference of any ...
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Why is a circle in a plane surrounded by 6 other circles?

When you draw a circle in a plane you can perfectly surround it with 6 other circles of the same radius. This works for any radius. What's the significance of 6? Why not some other numbers? I'm ...
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Calculus proof for the area of a circle

I was looking for proofs using Calculus for the area of a circle and come across this one $$\int 2 \pi r \, dr = 2\pi \frac {r^2}{2} = \pi r^2$$ and it struck me as being particularly easy. The only ...
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How to determine the arc length of ellipse?

I want to determine the arc length of a ellipse. So what data should I know ? And what law should I use ? For example I have this ellipse on picture below: How can I determine the $d$ length of ...
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A circle with infinite radius is a line

I am curious about the following diagram: The image implies a circle of infinite radius is a line. Intuitively, I understand this, but I was wondering whether this problem could be stated and ...
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Parametric Equation of a Circle in 3D Space?

So, my dilemma here is... I have an axis. This axis is given to me in the format of the slope of the axis in the x,y and z axes. I need to come up with a parametric equation of a circle. This circle ...
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Do circles divide the plane into more regions than lines?

In this post it is mentioned that $n$ straight lines can divide the plane into a maximum number of $(n^{2}+n+2)/2$ different regions. What happens if we use circles instead of lines? That is, what ...
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Why is $\pi r^2$ the surface of a circle

Why is $\pi r^2$ the surface of a circle? I have learned this formula ages ago and I'm just using it like most people do, but I don't think I truly understand how circles work until I understand why ...
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Two Circles and Tangents from Their Centers Problem

Let $\Gamma_1$ and $\Gamma_2$ be two non overlapping circles with centers $O_1$ and $O_2$ respectively. From $O_1$, draw the two tangents to $\Gamma_2$ and let them intersect $\Gamma_1$ at points $A$ ...
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Euclidean Geometry Intersection of Circles

Two circles intersect in the Cartesian Coordinate system at points $A$ and $B$. Point $A$ lies on the line $y=3$. Point $B$ lies on the line $y=12$. These two circles are also tangent to the x-axis at ...
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Finding the intersecting points on two circles

Given 2 circles on a plane, how do you calculate the intersecting points? In this example I can do the calculation using the equilateral triangles that are described by the intersection and centres ...
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Four complex numbers $z_1,z_2,z_3,z_4$ lie on a generalized circle if and only if they have a real cross ratio $[z_1,z_2,z_3,z_4]\in\mathbb{R}$

Let $[z_1,z_2,z_3,z_4]$ denote the cross ratio of the complex numbers $z_1,z_2,z_3,z_4\in \mathbb{C}$. Show that the distinct points $z_1,z_2,z_3,z_4\in\widehat{\mathbb{C}}$ lie on a generalized ...
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Does the square or the circle have the greater perimeter? A surprisingly hard problem for high schoolers

An exam for high school students had the following problem: Let the point $E$ be the midpoint of the line segment $AD$ on the square $ABCD$. Then let a circle be determined by the points $E$, $B$ and ...
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What is the probability that the center of the circle is contained within the triangle?

Consider the triangle formed by randomly distributing three points on a circle. What is the probability of the center of the circle be contained within the triangle?
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Why do we use the Euclidean metric on $\mathbb{R}^2$?

On the train home, I thought I would try to prove $\pi$ is irrational. I needed a definition, so I used: $\pi$ is the area of the unit circle. But what is a circle? A circle is the set of tuples ...
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How to draw ellipse and circle tangent to each other?

The circle $c$ is given as are the points $A$ and $B$, which are ellipse's foci. Now I need to construct the ellipse that is tangent to the circle $c$ such that the points $A$ and $B$ are its foci. ...
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Covering the plane with disks

How to prove that it is impossible to cover the plane with disks? /The disks are closed disks and two disks can meet (at most) at only one point (obviously on the border)./ Thank you very much in ...
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How is the value of $\pi$ ( Pi ) actually calculated?

When I was a child I was taught $\pi$ (Circumference/Diameter) is an irrational number and can be approximated to $22/7$ but $= 3.(142857)(\ldots)$. But where does this value comes from? In ...
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Is it possible to build a circle with quadratic Bézier curves?

i'm searching for a curve type with a minimum of functionality and maximum of usability. I run into quadratic Bézier curves and i wonder, if its possible to draw a circle with it.
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Counting number of distinct regions with intersecting circles

Given $n$ circles of possibly different radii, how many distinct regions can there be? For small $n$, I can work it out with pictures. (I'm pretty sure $n=4$ can yield 13 distinct regions, but not ...
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Find the differential equation of all circles of radius a [closed]

Can someone please post a detailed step-by-step procedure. Given the circle with a radius a, what is the differential equation of the circle.
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How to prove that the tangent to a circle is perpendicular to the radius drawn to the point of contact?

I've tried drawing a parallel chord to the tangent but then how would you prove that the chord is perpendicular to the radius?
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Probability distribution for the perimeter and area of triangle with fixed circumscribed radius

Given a circle with radius R = 1, I'm trying to find either the probability distribution function or the density function for the space of triangle, which is randomly selected on this circle. The same ...
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Geometry Problem about Circles and Tangents

It is the second problem from my maths notebooks, which is still unsolved. I translated it from Russian, so their may be some discrepancies in translation. So, I also added image. First problem was ...
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A circle touches the parabola $y^2=4ax$ at P. It also passes through the focus S of the parabola and int…

Problem : A circle touches the parabola $y^2=4ax$ at P. It also passes through the focus S of the parabola and intersects its axis at Q. If angle SPQ is $\frac{\pi}{2}$ find the equation of the ...
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Divide circle into 9 pieces of equal area

I'd like to divide a unit circle disk into nine parts of equal area, using circle arcs as delimiting lines. The whole setup should be symmetric under the symmetry group of the square, i.e. 4 mirror ...
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Numbers of circles around a circle

"When you draw a circle in a plane of radius $1$ you can perfectly surround it with $6$ other circles of the same radius." BUT when you draw a circle in a plane of radius $1$ and try to perfectly ...
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Area of intersection between 4 circles centered at the vertices of a square

The centers of four circles are at the vertices of a square of sidelength 100m. Each circle has the radius of 100m. Which is the area of their intersection?
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Find the coordinates of a point on a circle

I have a circle like so Given a rotation θ and a radius r, how do I find the coordinate (x,y)? Keep in mind, this rotation could be anywhere between 0 and 360 degrees. For example, I have a ...
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Find the approximate center of a circle passing through more than three points

Consider n point $(x_1,y_1), (x_2,y_2),\ldots, (x_n,y_n)$. For $n = 3$ it is easy to find the center of the circle passing through the three points. I wanted find the approximate center of the ...
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Circle Packing Algorithm

I have question related to circle-packing. The problem is to find the circle of minimum radius enclosing four non-overlapping circles of arbitrary radius. I have to write a program in C for this ...
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Finding an equation for a circle given its center and a point through which it passes

No idea how to do this, I used to have these conic shapes committed to memory but I forget them already. I am supposed to find an equation for the circle that has center $(-1, 4)$ and passes through ...
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Proof: Invariant angle measure - same result for any circle drawn.

Below I have quoted Wikipedia. I am particular interested in the statement: The value of $\theta$ thus defined is independent of the size of the circle: if the length of the radius is changed ...
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Finding location of a point on 2D plane, given the distances to three other know points

I need to find location of the point $s_0$; the locations of other three points ($s_1$, $s_2$, $s_3$) are known. $d_i$ are known distances. Given: $x_1$, $x_2$, $x_3$, $y_1$, $y_2$, $y_3$, $d_1$, ...
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circular reasoning in proving $\frac{\sin x}x\to1,x\to0$

The classic proof for $\frac{\sin x}x\to1,x\to0$ is using a squeezing theorem based on arguments about areas of circles. But as far as I know, all deduction of formula of circles' area is based on ...
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Two circles intersection

Could you tell what are all the four points in following? Two circles intersect at two points maximum when we want to draw intersecting circles. But there we are solving quadratic equations, what is ...
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Is there a way to represent the interior of a circle with a curve?

As you already know, the interior of a circle is represented by an inequality. For example, $$x^2+y^2\leq1$$ for the unit circle. Today I was thinking by myself and I wondered if there is a curve ...
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Calculate the area of the crescent

I found this problem on a thread on Stack overflow where it was posted as "job interview question". Unfortunately I cannot find the question. But I saved the picture and just cannot figure it out. ...
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What is the name for a shape that is like a capsule, but with two different radii?

I'm looking for the name of a shape that is like a capsule, but where each circle can have different radii. The shape could be described using two circles (two centers and two radii). Something like ...
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Proof of Angle in a Semi-Circle is 90 degrees

There is a well known theorem often stated as the angle in a semi-circle being 90 degrees. To be more accurate, any triangle with one of its sides being a diameter and all vertices on the circle has ...
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3D coordinates of circle center given three point on the circle.

Given the three coordinates $(x_1, y_1, z_1)$, $(x_2, y_2, z_2)$, $(x_3, y_3, z_3)$ defining a circle in 3D space, how to find the coordinates of the center of the circle $(x_0, y_0, z_0)$?
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Bounds for the size of a circle with a fixed number of integer points

I know that there are infinitely many rational points on the (unit) circle. I am interested in the following question: How large has the radius of a circle to be, such that there are at least $n$ ...
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Circle areas on squared grid

There is a circle. On 9 equal squares. Every square has some value assigned to it. Every square gets weight, depending of what percentage of it is circle (area-wise). I need to find circle radius, ...
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Number of Squares in a circle

I a math question, that I hope someone can help me with. I have 342 Squares sized at 11 x 11 cm and need to calculate how to pack them in a circle and find out how large the circle must be to pack ...