# 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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### 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 $4$-...
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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 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 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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### The “pepperoni pizza problem”

This problem arose in a different context at work, but I have translated it to pizza. Suppose you have a circular pizza of radius $R$. Upon this disc, $n$ pepperoni will be distributed completely ...
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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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### 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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### 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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### How was the area formula for a circle ($A = \pi r^2$) derived before the introduction of calculus?

How did mathematicians prior to the coming of calculus derive the area of the circle from scratch, without the use of calculus? The area, $A$, of a circle is $\pi r^2$. Given radius $r$, diameter $d$ ...
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### Are similar circles really a thing?

I'm a fifteen year old who is currently studying circle geometry (if that is the appropriate term) and our teacher stated that concentric circles are similar. I thought about this, and it doesn't make ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### I found a new way of calculating pi,is that a great deal? [closed]

I am a 15 year old teen and fond of mathematics. I always try to prove mathematical theories and I tried to find how to get pi using an algorithm. Then I found out a way and made an algorithm and ...
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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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