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Circumference Of A Circle

Introduction

A circle is a geometric figure which is the set of all points in a plane that are equidistant from a given point called its centre. The circumference of a circle is the distance around all these points. The green circle around the circle below indicates the circumference of this circle.

Terms

Circle - A geometric figure which is the set of all points in a plane that are equidistant from a given point called its centre.
Circumference - The circumference of a circle is the distance around all the points of the circle.
Diameter - A chord that passes through the center of the circle. Equal to twice the radius.
Radius - The distance between of a point that lie on the circle from the center. Equal to half the diameter.
Pi - A constant that describes the ratio between the circumference and diameter of a circle. It is equal to 3.14159..., but typically rounded to 3.14 for calculation.

Lesson

The circumference of a circle can be calculated using the formula . So for a circle where the given diameter is 14, the circumference is . If we are given the radius of a circle we must first multiply the radius by 2 to get the diameter, and then perform the circumference calculation. So if we are given a circle with a radius of 4, the circumference would be or .

Examples

Circumference of a Circle (Example #1)

Find the circumference
Circumference = * Diameter

Circumference of a Circle (Example #2)

Find the circumference
Circumference = 2 * * Radius

Circumference of a Circle (Example #3)

Find the circumference
Circumference = * Diameter

Circumference of a Circle (Example #4)

Find the circumference
Circumference = 2 * * Radius