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Questions tagged [circles]

For questions concerning circles. A circle is the locus of points in a plane that are at a fixed distance from a fixed point.

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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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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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How to determine the arc length of ellipse?

I want to determine the length of an arc from the ellipse in the picture below: How can I determine the length of $d$?
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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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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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Determine Circle of Intersection of Plane and Sphere

How can the equation of a circle be determined from the equations of a sphere and a plane which intersect to form the circle? At a minimum, how can the radius and center of the circle be determined? ...
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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 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 $4$-...
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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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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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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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A goat tied to a corner of a rectangle

A goat is tied to an external corner of a rectangular shed measuring 4 m by 6 m. If the goat’s rope is 8 m long, what is the total area, in square meters, in which the goat can graze? Well, it seems ...
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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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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 proven ...
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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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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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A conjecture involving prime numbers and circles

Given the series of prime numbers greater than $9$, we organize them in four rows, according to their last digit ($1,3,7$ or $9$). The column in which they are displayed is the ten to which they ...
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Show that the curve $x^2+y^2-3=0$ has no rational points

Show that the curve $x^2+y^2-3=0$ has no rational points, that is, no points $(x,y)$ with $x,y\in \mathbb{Q}$. Update: Thanks for all the input! I've done my best to incorporate your suggestions and ...
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Finding the largest triangle inscribed in the unit circle

Among all triangles inscribed in the unit circle, how can the one with the largest area be found?
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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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What is the equation of a general circle in 3-D space?

I know that $(x-x_0)^2+(y-y_0)^2-r^2=0$ is a general planar circle and $(x-x_0)^2+(y-y_0)^2+(z-z_0)^2-r^2=0$ is a general sphere. I want to know the general expression of a circle in space. Can ...
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Average distance between two points in a circular disk

How can I find an average distance between two points lying inside a circular disk of a certain radius? I wonder if there is any other way except of using a Monte Carlo method?
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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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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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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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How to find an end point of an arc given another end point, radius, and arc direction?

Given an arbitrary arc, where you know the following values: end point (x1,y1), radius (r) and arc direction (e.g. clockwise or counterclockwise from start to end), how can I calculate the other ...
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How to find the smallest enclosing circle over a set of circles?

I have a set of circles on a plane, each defined by their X, Y and R parameters. I need to find the smallest enclosing circle over all of them. Essentially, this is a variation of this question, ...
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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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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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How to find the equation of a line tangent a circle and a given point outside of the circle

I am given the equation of a circle: $(x + 2)^2 + (y + 7)^2 = 25$. The radius is $5$. Center of the circle: $(-2, -7)$. Two lines tangent to this circle pass through point $(4, -3)$, which is outside ...
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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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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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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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A chain of six circles associated with a cyclic hexagon

I found the problem some months ago. But I never have been a proof. So I am looking for a proof. The problem as following: Let $ABCDEF$ be a cyclic hexagon. Let $(C_{AD})$, $(C_{BE})$, $(C_{CF})$ ...
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How calculate the shaded area in this picture?

Let the centers of four circles with the radius $R=a$ be on 4 vertexs a square with edge size $a$. How calculate the shaded area in this picture?
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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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Calculate the radius of a circle given the chord length and height of a segment

I have a (circular) segment of known height and known chord length. Is is possible to determine the radius of the circle? Any help much appreciated.
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Can all circles of radius $1/n$ be packed in a unit disk, excluding the circle of radius $1/1$?

This problem occurred to me when I came across a similar problem where the radii were taken over only the primes. That question was unanswered, but it seems to me infinitely many circles of radius $1/...
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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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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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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 circle ...
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Ill-known/original/interesting investigations on/applications of inversion (the geometric transform)

Inversion transform with center (or pole) $C$ and power $k^2$ is defined by: $$\tag{1}J_{C,k}:M \leftrightarrow M' \ \ \ \ \ \iff \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \vec{CM'}=\frac{k^2}{||\vec{CM}||^2} \ \vec{CM} $$ It ...
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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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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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Prove that the triangles $ABC$ and $AB^{'}C^{'}$ have the same incentre.

The question is as follows if $ABC$ is a triangle, with $AD$ as the internal angle bisector of $\angle A$ with $D$ at $BC$ and $B^{'}, C^{'}$ are reflection of points $B$ and $C$ in $AD$. Show that ...
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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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What are the subsets of the unit circle that can be the points in which a power series is convergent?

Let $A\subset\Bbb C$ be a subset of the unit circle. Consider the following condition on $A$. Cond. There exists a sequence $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^\infty$ of complex numbers such that $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty ...