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Circles Sheila Roby April 22, 2003

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What is a circle? A circle is the set of all points in a plane equidistant from a fixed point. Equi means same, so equidistant means the same distance. The fixed point is called the center. equi fixed point

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Equation of a circle Use the distance formula to determine the equation of a circle (h, k) (x, y)

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Parameters of circle Center: (h,k) Center: (h,k) The fixed point described in the definition of a circle The fixed point described in the definition of a circle Radius: r Radius: r The distance from the center of the circle to any point on the circle The distance from the center of the circle to any point on the circle r (h,k)

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Given the graph of a circle, state its equation Use the center and the point (4,4) to find the radius. Use the center and the point (4,4) to find the radius. (2, 1) (4, 4) To write the equation of a circle you must know the center and the radius. To write the equation of a circle you must know the center and the radius. From our graph we see that the center is at (2,1). From our graph we see that the center is at (2,1).

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Given the graph of a circle, state its equation (2, 1) (4, 4) Center (2,1)

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Given the equation of a circle, graph it. r 2 = (x -h) 2 +(y-k) 2 Center: (-2,1) Radius: 2 (-2,1) Start at the point (-2,1). Since the radius is 2, go 2 in each direction and draw a point. Connect these points to form the circle.

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