High School Math : Circles

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Example Question #96 : Circles

A park wants to build a circular fountain with a walkway around it.  The fountain will have a radius of 40 feet, and the walkway is to be 4 feet wide.  If the walkway is to be poured at a depth of 1.5 feet, how many cubic feet of concrete must be mixed to make the walkway?

Possible Answers:

None of the other answers are correct.

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The following diagram will help to explain the solution:

Foutain

We are searching for the surface area of the shaded region.  We can multiply this by the depth (1.5 feet) to find the total volume of this area.

The radius of the outer circle is 44 feet.  Therefore its area is 442π = 1936π.  The area of the inner circle is 402π = 1600π.  Therefore the area of the shaded area is 1936π – 1600π = 336π.  The volume is 1.5 times this, or 504π.

Example Question #97 : Circles

How many times greater is the area of a circle with a radius of 4in., compared to a circle with a radius of 2in.?

Possible Answers:

2\pi

4\pi

2

4

Correct answer:

4

Explanation:

The area of a circle can be solved using the equation A=\pi r^{2} 

The area of a circle with radius 4 is \pi 4^{2}=16\pi while the area of a circle with radius 2 is \pi 2^{2}=4\pi. 16\pi \div 4\pi =4

Example Question #31 : How To Find The Area Of A Circle

What is the area of a circle whose diameter is 8?

Possible Answers:

16π

8π

64π

32π

12π

Correct answer:

16π

Explanation:

Circarea

Example Question #41 : Basic Geometry

In the following diagram, the radius is given. What is area of the shaded region? 

Circle_box

Possible Answers:

 

Correct answer:

 

Explanation:

This question asks you to apply the concept of area in finding both the area of a circle and square. Since the cirlce is inscribed in the square, we know that its diameter (two times the radius) is the same length as one side of the square. Since we are given the radius, , we can find the area of both the circle and square.

Square:

  

This gives us the area for the entire square.

The bottom half of the square has area .

Now that we have this value, we must find the area that the circle occupies. The area of a circle is given by .

So the area of this circle will be .

The bottom half of the circle has half that area:

Now that we have both our values, we can subtract the bottom half of the circle from the bottom half of the square to give us the shaded region:

Example Question #1 : How To Find The Length Of A Radius

In a large field, a circle with an area of 144π square meters is drawn out. Starting at the center of the circle, a groundskeeper mows in a straight line to the circle's edge. He then turns and mows ¼ of the way around the circle before turning again and mowing another straight line back to the center. What is the length, in meters, of the path the groundskeeper mowed?

Possible Answers:

24 + 6π

12 + 6π

12 + 36π

24 + 36π

24π

Correct answer:

24 + 6π

Explanation:

Circles have an area of πr2, where r is the radius. If this circle has an area of 144π, then you can solve for the radius:

πr2 = 144π

r 2 = 144

r =12

When the groundskeeper goes from the center of the circle to the edge, he's creating a radius, which is 12 meters.

When he travels ¼ of the way around the circle, he's traveling ¼ of the circle's circumference. A circumference is 2πr. For this circle, that's 24π meters. One-fourth of that is 6π meters.

Finally, when he goes back to the center, he's creating another radius, which is 12 meters.

In all, that's 12 meters + 6π meters + 12 meters, for a total of 24 + 6π meters.

Example Question #2 : How To Find The Length Of A Radius

Two concentric circles have circumferences of 4π and 10π.  What is the difference of the radii of the two circles?

Possible Answers:

5

4

6

7

3

Correct answer:

3

Explanation:

The circumference of any circle is 2πr, where r is the radius.

Therefore:

The radius of the smaller circle with a circumference of 4π is 2 (from 2πr = 4π).

The radius of the larger circle with a circumference of 10π is 5 (from 2πr = 10π).

The difference of the two radii is 5-2 = 3.

Example Question #3 : How To Find The Length Of A Radius

In the figure above, rectangle ABCD has a perimeter of 40. If the shaded region is a semicircle with an area of 18π, then what is the area of the unshaded region?

Possible Answers:

96 – 18π

336 – 18π

96 – 36π

336 – 36π

204 – 18π

Correct answer:

96 – 18π

Explanation:

In order to find the area of the unshaded region, we will need to find the area of the rectangle and then subtract the area of the semicircle. However, to find the area of the rectangle, we will need to find both its length and its width. We can use the circle to find the length of the rectangle, because the length of the rectangle is equal to the diameter of the circle. 

First, we can use the formula for the area of a circle in order to find the circle's radius. When we double the radius, we will have the diameter of the circle and, thus, the length of the rectangle. Then, once we have the rectangle's length, we can find its width because we know the rectangle's perimeter. 

Area of a circle = πr2

Area of a semicircle = (1/2)πr2 = 18π

Divide both sides by π, then multiply both sides by 2.

r2 = 36

Take the square root.

r = 6.

The radius of the circle is 6, and therefore the diameter is 12. Keep in mind that the diameter of the circle is also equal to the length of the rectangle.

If we call the length of the rectangle l, and we call the width w, we can write the formula for the perimeter as 2l + 2w.

perimeter of rectangle = 2l + 2w

40 = 2(12) + 2w

Subtract 24 from both sides.

16 = 2w

w = 8.

Since the length of the rectangle is 12 and the width is 8, we can now find the area of the rectangle.

Area = l x w = 12(8) = 96.

Finally, to find the area of just the unshaded region, we must subtract the area of the circle, which is 18π, from the area of the rectangle.

area of unshaded region = 96 – 18π.

The answer is 96 – 18π.

Example Question #4 : How To Find The Length Of A Radius

Consider a circle centered at the origin with a circumference of 13\pi. What is the x value when y = 3? Round your answer to the hundreths place. 

Possible Answers:

5.77

None of the available answers

5.778

10.00

5.8

Correct answer:

5.77

Explanation:

The formula for circumference of a circle is C=2\pi r, so we can solve for r:

2\pi r=13\pi

\frac{2\pi r}{\pi}=\frac{13\pi}{\pi}

2r=13

r=\frac{13}{2}=6.5

We now know that the hypotenuse of the right triangle's length is 13.5. We can form a right triangle from the unit circle that fits the Pythagorean theorem as such:

x^2+y^2=r^2

Or, in this case:

x^2+3^3=6.5^2

x^2=42.26-9

x^2=33.25

x=\sqrt{33.25}=5.77

Example Question #1 : How To Find The Length Of A Radius

What is the radius of a circle with a circumference of ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the radius of a circle given the circumference we must first know the equation for the circumference of a circle which is

 

Then we plug in the circumference into the equation yielding 

We then divide each side by  giving us 

The answer is .

Example Question #2 : How To Find The Length Of A Radius

A circle has an area of 36π inches. What is the radius of the circle, in inches?

 

Possible Answers:

9

18

36

6

Correct answer:

6

Explanation:

We know that the formula for the area of a circle is πr2. Therefore, we must set 36π equal to this formula to solve for the radius of the circle.

36π = πr2

36 = r2

6 = r

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