About "Parts of a circle"

Parts of a circle : 

Here we are going to see what is a circle and its parts.In our daily life, we come across a number of objects like wheels, coins, rings, bangles, giant wheel, compact disc (C.D.)

What is the shape of the above said objects?

Yes, it is round. In Mathematics it is called a circle.

Now, let us try to draw a circle.

Take a thread of any length and fix one end tightly at a point O as shown in the figure. 

Tie a pencil (or a chalk) to the other end and stretch the thread completely to a point A. Holding the thread stretched tightly, move the pencil. Stop it when the pencil again reaches the point A. Now see the path traced by the pencil.

Is the path traced by the pencil a circle or a straight line?


Definition of circle :

The path traced by the point, which moves at a constant distance from a fixed point on a given plane surface is called a circle.

Centre :

The fixed point is called the centre of the circle.

Radius :

The constant distance between the fixed point and the moving point is called the radius of the circle.

i.e. The radius is a line segment with one end point at the centre and the other end on the circle. It is denoted by ‘r’.

Chord :

A line segment joining any two points on the circle is called a chord.

Diameter :

Diameter is a chord passing through the centre of the circle. It is denoted by ‘d’.

The diameter is the longest chord. It is twice the radius.(i.e. d = 2r )

Semi circle :

The diameter divides the circle into two equal parts. Each equal part is a semicircle.

Circumference of a circle:

Can we find the distance covered by an athlete if he takes two rounds on a circular track. Since it is a circular track, we cannot use the ruler to find out the distance.

So, what can we do ?

Take a one rupee coin.Place it on a paper and draw its outline. Remove the coin. Mark a point A on the outline.

Take a thread and fix one end at A. Now place the thread in such a way that the thread coincides exactly with the outline. Cut the other end of the thread when it reaches the point A. Length of the thread is nothing but the circumference of the coin. 

So, the distance around a circle is called the circumference of the circle, which is denoted by ‘C’. i.e., The perimeter of a circle is known as its circumference.

Tangent of the circle :

Tangent is a line that touches a circle at exactly one point, and the point is known as point of contact.

Secant of a Circle :

A line passing through a circle and intersecting the circle at two points is called the secant of the circle.

In the given figure, line AB is a Secant. It cuts the circle at two points A and B . Now, let us move the secant AB downwards. Then the new positions are A1 B1, A2 B2, .... etc., While secant AB moves down, the points A and B are moving closer to each other. 

So distance between A and B is gradually decreases. At one position the secant AB touches the circle at only one point L. At this position, the line LM is called as tangent and it touches the circle at only one point. 

Arc of a Circle : 

In the figure AB is a chord. The chord AB divides the circle into two parts. The curved parts ALB and AMB are known as Arcs. 

Arcs will be denoted by the symbol 

The smaller arc ALB is the minor arc.

The greater arc AMB is the major arc.

Segment of a Circle :

A chord of a circle divides the circular region into two parts. Each part is called as segment of the circle. 

The segment containing minor arc is called the minor segment. The segment containing major arc is called the major segment.

Sector of a Circle :

The circular region enclosed by an arc of a circle and the two radii at its end points is known as Sector of a circle. The smaller sector OALB is called the minor sector.The greater sector OAMB is called the major sector.

After having gone through the stuff given above, we hope that the students would have understood "Parts of a circle". 

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