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## Example Questions

### Example Question #1 : How To Find The Area Of A Sector

A circular, 8-slice pizza is placed in a square box that has dimensions four inches larger than the diameter of the pizza. If the box covers a surface area of 256 in^{2}, what is the surface area of one piece of pizza?

**Possible Answers:**

4.5π in^{2}

36π in^{2}

18π in^{2}

144π in^{2}

9π in^{2}

**Correct answer:**

4.5π in^{2}

The first thing to do is calculate the dimensions of the pizza box. Based on our data, we know 256 = s^{2}. Solving for s (by taking the square root of both sides), we get 16 = s (or s = 16).

Now, we know that the diameter of the pizza is four inches less than 16 inches. That is, it is 12 inches. Be careful! The area of the circle is given in terms of radius, which is half the diameter, or 6 inches. Therefore, the area of the pizza is π * 6^{2} = 36π in^{2}. If the pizza is 8-slices, one slice is equal to 1/8 of the total pizza or (36π)/8 = 4.5π in^{2}.

### Example Question #2 : How To Find The Area Of A Sector

If B is a circle with line AC = 12 and line BC = 16, then what is the area formed by DBE?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Line AB is a radius of Circle B, which can be found using the Pythagorean Theorem:

Since AB is a radius of B, we can find the area of circle B via:

Angle DBE is a right angle, and therefore of the circle so it follows:

### Example Question #1 : How To Find The Area Of A Sector

To the nearest tenth, give the area of a sector of a circle with diameter 18 centimeters.

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

The radius of a circle with diameter 18 centimeters is half that, or 9 centimeters. The area of a sector of the circle is

### Example Question #2 : How To Find The Area Of A Sector

Find the area of a sector that has an angle of 120 degrees and radius of 3.

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

The equation to find the area of a sector is .

Substitute the given radius in for and the given angle in for to get:

Simplify the equation to get the area:

### Example Question #3 : How To Find The Area Of A Sector

What is the area of the following sector of a full circle?

Note: Figure is not drawn to scale.

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

In order to find the fraction of a sector from an angle, you need to know that a full circle is .

Therefore, we can find the fraction by dividing the angle of the sector by :

The formula to find the area of a sector is:

where is the radius of the circle.

Plugging in our values, we get:

### Example Question #4 : How To Find The Area Of A Sector

Find the area of the shaded region:

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

To find the area of the shaded region, you must subtract the area of the triangle from the area of the sector.

The formula for the shaded area is:

,

where is the radius of the circle, is the fraction of the sector, is the base of the triangle, and is the height of the triangle.

In order to the find the base and height of the triangle, use the formula for a triangle:

, where is the side opposite the .

Plugging in our final values, we get:

### Example Question #5 : How To Find The Area Of A Sector

Find the area of the following sector:

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

The formula for the area of a sector is

,

where is the radius of the circle and is the fraction of the sector.

Plugging in our values, we get:

### Example Question #2 : How To Find The Area Of A Sector

The radius of the circle above is and . What is the area of the shaded section of the circle?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Area of Circle = πr^{2} = π4^{2 }= 16π

Total degrees in a circle = 360

Therefore 45 degree slice = 45/360 fraction of circle = 1/8

Shaded Area = 1/8 * Total Area = 1/8 * 16π = 2π

### Example Question #6 : How To Find The Area Of A Sector

Find the area of the shaded segment of the circle. The right angle rests at the center of the circle.

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

We know that the right angle rests at the center of the circle; thus, the sides of the triangle represent the radius of the circle.

Because the sector of the circle is defined by a right triangle, the region corresponds to one-fourth of the circle.

First, find the total area of the circle and divide it by four to find the area of the depicted sector.

Next, calculate the area of the triangle.

Finally, subtract the area of the triangle from the area of the sector.

### Example Question #3 : How To Find The Area Of A Sector

is a square.

The arc from to is a semicircle with a center at the midpoint of .

All units are in feet.

The diagram shows a plot of land.

The cost of summer upkeep is $2.50 per square foot.

In dollars, what is the total upkeep cost for the summer?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

To solve this, we must begin by finding the area of the diagram, which is the area of the square less the area of the semicircle.

The area of the square is straightforward:

30 * 30 = 900 square feet

Because each side is 30 feet long, AB + BC + CD = 30.

We can substitute BC for AB and CD since all three lengths are the same:

BC + BC + BC = 30

3BC = 30

BC = 10

Therefore the diameter of the semicircle is 10 feet, so the radius is 5 feet.

The area of the semi-circle is half the area of a circle with radius 5. The area of the full circle is 5^{2}π = 25π, so the area of the semi-circle is half of that, or 12.5π.

The total area of the plot is the square less the semicircle: 900 - 12.5π square feet

The cost of upkeep is therefore 2.5 * (900 – 12.5π) = $(2250 – 31.25π).