# Is there a simpler way to intersect a circle and an arc?

I have a circle with a known center and radius. I have an arc with a known radius and two points on its edge, where one end is at the same position as the circle's center. Is there a way to find their point of intersection that's simpler than turning this into two circles and intersecting those (and somehow figuring out which of the two points of intersection to use)?

In other words, the green bits of this diagram are known, and I'm trying to find the red: • Your drawing suggests that the centres of the circle and the arc have the same y co-ordinate. Did you intend this ?
– WW1
Jul 31, 2016 at 0:02
• Ah, no I did not. Apologies for the ambiguity! The center of the arc can be anywhere, though actually in my case, the arc will always curve counter-clockwise of the circle (though that probably makes no difference). Jul 31, 2016 at 0:18
• There are two points of intersection, depending on where you put the center of your arc. Even considering that the arc's curve is "counter-clockwise," you still can place the arc's center on either side; it just flips if the arc is coming out of or going into the circle. Jul 31, 2016 at 3:45 Applying the cosine law to the R-r-R triangle, $\theta$ can be found.
OX is the line that deviates $\theta$ from the line OJ. X is on the intersection of that line and the red circle.