Questions on the circle, a curve composed of points in a plane that are at a fixed distance from a fixed point.

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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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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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How do you find the center of a circle with a pencil and a book?

Given a circle on a paper, and a pencil and a book. Can you find the center of the circle with the pencil and the book?
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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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Geometry problem involving infinite number of circles

What is the sum of the areas of the grey circles? I have not made any progress so far.
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Why is a circle 1-dimensional?

In the textbook I am reading, it says a dimension is the number of independent parameters needed to specify a point. In order to make a circle, you need two points to specify the $x$ and $y$ position ...
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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 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 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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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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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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Two circles inside a right angled triangle!

The other day I was playing with Ms Paint drawing circles here and there - I coincidentally drew a circle inside a right angled triangle which I already drew. Strangely A problem struck to my mind ...
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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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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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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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Infinite staircase to a circle

Suppose you start at $(0,0)$ on the unit disc and repeat the following procedure again and again: Face east and walk half-way to the circumference. Face north and walk half-way to the circumference. ...
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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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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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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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How is the area of a circle calculated using basic mathematics?

Area of a circle is addition of circumference of layers of a onion. If n is radius of a onion then area is $$ A = 2 \pi \cdot 1 + 2 \pi \cdot 2 + 2\pi \cdot 3 + \ldots + 2 \pi \cdot n $$ which $$ ...
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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 whose 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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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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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 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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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 big is my pizza, if I know its slices' sizes?

I bought a box of frozen pizza: eight slices, baked and then frozen, stacked in a box. The packaging assured me that I was holding an 18-inch[-diameter] pizza. That got me thinking: how do I know ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Task “Inversion” (geometry with many circles)

Incircle $\omega$ of triangle $ABC$ with center in point $I$ touches $AB, BC, CA$ in points $C_{1}, A_{1}, B_{1}$. Сircumcircle of triangle $AB_{1}C_{1}$ intersects second time circumcircle of $ABC$ ...
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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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How can the centers of these 5 related circles be specified as a formula?

This is my first time posting in this forum, so please forgive me if my question is too involved or if I've posted it in the wrong area. I hope someone finds it interesting enough to try their hand at ...