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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 number? I'm ...
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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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Area of intersection between two circles

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 surround ...
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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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Calculating circle radius from two points on circumference (for game movement)

I'm designing a game where objects have to move along a series of waypoints. The object has a speed and a maximum turn rate. When moving between points p1 and p2 it will move in a circular curve ...
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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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Circle and Line segment intersection

I have a line segment (begin $(x_1,y_1)$, end $(x_2,y_2)$, with $D=5$, let’s say) and a circle (radius $R$, center $(x_3,y_3)$) How can I check that if my line segment intersects my circle? picture ...
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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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Area of a portion of an arbitrarily-placed circle?

I have a circle that's off-center, but I want to find out the area of the part of the circle in the positive x and y region. Not sure how to do this because of the multiple variables involved.
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Find the differential equation of all circles of radius a

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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what are the various fields in which circle is treated as infinite sided regular polygon?

What are the various fields in which circle is treated as infinite sided regular polygon? What I actually mean is , "can u suggest me some applications where circle is treated as infinite sided ...
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How to calculate the coordinates of the middle point of a given arc?

Does anybody know how to solve this problem? I am trying to calculate the green sides of this triangle: I know / have : the arc length, the arch base, the radius, and the h (distance from the red ...
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Angle of reflection off of a circle?

I've made simple 2D games in the past using mostly just squares. If an object collided with another object (all squares/rectangles) it would just change the slope to the opposite based on what side ...
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Formula for gallons in a trough

I have a trough which is a circular container. How do I determine how many gallons of water it takes to fill up the trough? I was thinking that we measure the height and the width but I think it's a ...
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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 $$\int 2 \pi r \, dr = 2 \frac {r^2}{2} \pi = \pi r^2$$ and it struck me as being particularly easy. The only ...
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Is the figure the circumference of a unit circle?

A friend of mine taught me the following question. I've never heard such a strange and interesting question! Qustion: Supposing that a figure $S$, which is constituted by points, satisfies the ...
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Finding circumference without using $\pi$

If the area of a circle is $254.34\ldots\text{ cm}^2$ it has a diameter of $18\text{ cm}$, is it possible to find the circumference without using or making the irrational constant Pi ...
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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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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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Did Euclid prove that Pi is Constant?

Pi is defined the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, but of course different circles have different circumferences and diameters, so in order for it to be well-defined we need to ...
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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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Can a circle truly exist?

Is a circle more impossible than any other geometrical shape? Is a circle is just an infinitely-sided equilateral parallelogram? Wikipedia says... A circle is a simple shape of Euclidean geometry ...
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Inscribed kissing circles in an equilateral triangle

Triangle is equilateral (AB=BC=CA), I need to find AB and R. Any hints? I was trying to make another triangle by connecting centers of small circles but didn't found anything
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how to find center of an arc given start point, end point, radius, and arc direction?

Given an arbitrary arc, where you know the following values: start point (x0,y0), end point (x1,y1), radius (r) and arc direction (e.g. clockwise or counterclockwise from start to end), how can I ...
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Prove that three points are enough to draw/define one and only one circle

Prove that three points are enough to draw/define one and only one circle, how would this be done?
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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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If $0$, $z_1$, $z_2$ and $z_3$ are concyclic, then $\frac{1}{z_1}$,$\frac{1}{z_2}$,$\frac{1}{z_3}$ are collinear

If the complex numbers $0$, $z_1$, $z_2$ and $z_3$ are concyclic, prove that $\frac{1}{z_1}$,$\frac{1}{z_2}$,$\frac{1}{z_3}$ are collinear. I really can't seem to get anywhere on this problem, ...
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find area of dark part

let us consider following picture we have following informations.we have circular sector,central angle is $90$,and in this sector there is inscribed small circle ,which touches arcs of sectors ...
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How do I calculate the intersection(s) of a straight line and a circle?

The basic equation for a straight line is $y = mx + b$, where $b$ is the height of the line at $x = 0$ and $m$ is the gradient. The basic equation for a circle is $(x - c)^2 + (y - d)^2 = r^2$, where ...
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Definite integral: $\displaystyle\int^{4}_0 (16-x^2)^{\frac{3}{2}} dx$

The following integral can be computed using the substitution $x = 4\sin\theta~$ and then proceeding with $dx = 4\cos\theta~ d\theta~$, and evaluating the integral of $\cos^4\theta~$: ...
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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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Closest point on circle edge from point outside/inside the circle

Alright, I am programming a plugin for a game that requires me to get the closest point on a circle when all you have is a point B, which is outside of the circle, the radius of the circle, and the ...
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What is a perimeter of a sector?

I don't under stand this. So we have: ...
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Apollonius circle

I'm given two points, $A$ and $B$, and two lengths, $b$ and $c$. I need to find the locus of point $C$ such that $BC:AC=b:c$. This link describes Apollonius circle of first type, but I can't seem to ...
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Finding intersecting points of a circle inside a triangle

If I have a triangle, and I wanted to place a circle with a given diameter that fits snuggly inside any one of the three angles, how can I find the x, y points of where the triangle and circle meet?
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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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Find the radius of the smallest circle in terms of the side of the square.

The side length of the square is $a$. Two different quadrants are inscribed in it as follows. A small red circle is also inscribed between them. Find the radius of the smallest circle (red one) in ...
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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 ...
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Is the value of $\pi$ in 2d the same in 3d? [closed]

I am starting with my question with the note "Assume no math skills". Given that, all down votes are welcomed. (At the expense of better understanding of course!) Given my first question: What is ...