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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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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 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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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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How to create circles and or sections of a circle when the centre is inaccessible

I am doing landscaping and some times I need to create circles or parts of circles that would put the centre of the circle in the neighbours' garden, or there are other obstructions that stop me from ...
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Cutting up a circle to make a square

We know that there is no paper-and-scissors solution to Tarski's circle-squaring problem (my six-year-old daughter told me this while eating lunch one day) but what are the closest approximations, if ...
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How to find center of a circle from only an arbitary arc of that circle

How to find the center of a circle with given an arbitrary arc. we only have the arc nothing else. Is there any known equation or way to complete the circle.
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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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Have I made a straight line, or a circle?

(Disclaimer: I'm an engineer) Hi everybody, I found this “riddle” posted on the internet: It's meant as a joke, but I do think it deserves an answer :) A bit of background: the orange and blue ...
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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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Finding an invisible circle by drawing another line

A friend of mine taught me the following question. He said he found it in a book a few years ago. Though I've tried to solve it, I'm facing difficulty. Question: You know on a plane there is an ...
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Trying to understand why circle area is not $2 \pi r^2$

I understand the reasoning behind $\pi r^2$ for a circle area however I'd like to know what is wrong with the reasoning below: The area of a square is like a line, the height (one dimension, length) ...
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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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Is this 3D curve a circle?

The following is a curve in $3$ dimensions: $$\begin{eqnarray} x & = & \cos(\theta) \\ y & = & \cos(\theta - \pi/3) \\ z & = & \cos(\theta - 2\pi/3) \end{eqnarray}$$ Is the ...
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Why is the area of the circle $πr^2$? [duplicate]

I searched many times about the cause of the circle area formula but I did not know anything so ... Why is the area of the circle $\pi r^2$? Thanks for all here.
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What is the largest circle that fits in $\sin(x)?$

Imagine dropping a circle into the trough of $\sin(x)$. Would it reach the bottom or get wedged between two points on the curve? Depends on the size of the circle. So, what is the radius of the ...
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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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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 many circles to cover 2 times bigger circle?

How many circles (radius – r) are needed to cover circle which radius is 2 times bigger (radius – 2r). I think we need to use area which is $S=\pi R^2$ but I don't really know what to do
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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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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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A question on circles

Given that a lamp-post can light a surrounding circle of radius 100 m, what is the minimum number of such lamp-posts required to light a circular ground of radius 1000 m.
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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 divide a circle into $7$ equal “pizza slices” (using geometrical methods)?

Or is it possible to divide a circle into n equal "pizza slices" (I don't know how to call these parts, but I think you'll know what I mean), where n hasn't got a common divider with $360$? Or are the ...
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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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A hard geometry problem on circles

I found this problem on a website and I couldn't do anything. Do you have any ideas, hints? Edit: If I say $$\frac { { \partial }^{ 2 }f }{ \partial { a }^{ 2 } } +\frac { { \partial }^{ 2 }f }{ ...
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How to equally divide a circle with parallel lines?

How can I "draw" $n$ parallel lines in such a way that they will divide a circle (disc) in $n+1$ equal areas ?
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Proving collinear points

This problem is so hard that I cannot figure it out. I hope you guys can give me a small push on how to tackle this problem, as I have been thinking about this for, like a week. Here's the problem: ...
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How does one calculate the product of $\tan 1^{\circ} … \tan 45^{\circ}?$

I have seen a question asked on yahoo asking to find the value of $\tan 1^{\circ} \cdot \tan 2^{\circ} \cdot \dots \cdot \tan 45^{\circ}$ (in degrees) I have seen various results concerning ...
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A geometry problem seeking for proof

Circle $\odot O_1$ is tangent with circle $\odot O_2$ at $P$. Two tangent lines $AE$ and $AF$ of circle $\odot O_2$ meets circle $O_1$ at $B$, $G$ and $C$, $H$, respectively. $D$ is the in-center of ...
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6 point lying on a common circle

$Z$ is an interior point of segment $XY$. Three semicircles are drawn over segments $XY$, $XZ$ and $ZY$ on the same side. The midpoints of the arcs are $M1$, $M2$ and $M3$ respectively. A circle ...
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a circle graph is not a function?

I'm a little confused by the rule: If you draw a vertical line that intersects the graph at more than 1 point then it is not a function. Because then a circle like $y^2 + x^2 = 1$ is not a function? ...
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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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Is a line just an infinitely large circle?

A line is infinite, right? Well, if $-\infty = \infty$, then a line is an infinitely large circle. (Does this have something to do with $1/0$?) It seems wrong, is it? Could I disprove it? How ...
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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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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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Smallest inradius in a triangle

Inside triangle ABC there are three circles with radius $r_1$, $r_2$, and $r_3$ each of which is tangent to two sides of the triangle and to its incircle with radius r. All of $r$, $r_1$, $r_2$, 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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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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Thinking outside of the box

You want to draw a circle with a 4 inch radius. A trivial task for you and your trusty compass. When you go to grab your compass which has not had much love for a while you find it is rusted shut; ...
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Diffeomorphism group of the unit circle

I am given to understand that the group of diffeomorphisms of the unit circle, $\operatorname{Diff}(\mathbb{S}^1)$, has two connected components, $\operatorname{Diff}^+(\mathbb{S}^1)$ and ...
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The number of the circles which are tangent to two circles and to a line

Suppose that we have two distinct circles and a line on a plane and that the distance between the centers of the circles is bigger than the sum of their radiuses. Also, suppose that the two circles ...
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An Unexpected Circle…

I played around with $$z=\frac{-1+e^{it}}{\phantom{-}2+e^{it}}$$ and found that, when I draw the real against the imaginary of $z$, it pretty much looks like a circle. But neither ${\frak{R}} z ...
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Tangent and angle bisectors [closed]

The tangent to the incircle of a triangle ABC is reflected about the external angle bisectors. Show that the triangle formed by the resulting 3 lines is congruent to ABC .
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How many dimensions does a circle have?

Is a circle just a line (therefore 1 dimension) or is it a 2-dimensional object because it occupies some surface? Thanks in advance!
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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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Sangaku: Show line segment is perpendicular to diameter of container circle

"From a 1803 Sangaku found in Gumma Prefecture. The base of an isosceles triangle sits on a diameter of the large circle. This diameter also bisects the circle on the left, which is inscribed so that ...
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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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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 do you prove arc length is greater than chord length?

Graphically, it's obvious that given two different points $a$ and $b$ on a circle of radius $r$, the linear distance (chord length) from $a$ to $b$ is less than the arc length from $a$ to $b$. How do ...