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# Circle equations — Basic example

Watch Sal work through a basic Circle equations problem.

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• Can you put up all the equations, one should memorize, for the SAT?
• yes please. I second this proposal. I can't remember all the formulas.
• Why isn't the answer (5,5)? Because -2 and 8 have exactly 10 lines/spaces separating them, and dividing that by 2 is 5.
• You're right. 5 represents the number of UNITS away the midpoint from each end point.
-2+(5units)=3 and 8-(5units)=3
3 is the midpoint.
• I figured it out before sal even drew the circle ;-; for the first~ I got something right without a mistake
• LOL. Great job Idevanand84.
• Sal used the MidPoint formula i.e. [(y₂+y1)/2, (x₂+x₁)/2].
• fax , this was taught to me in 9th fr
• how did u know to divide by two?
• That is the midpoint formula. (x1+x2)/2, (y1+y2)/2
• How do you get 2 pi if you went all the way around? I thought if you went all the way around it was 3 pi.
• By definition, a radian is a "a unit of angle, equal to an angle at the center of a circle whose arc is equal in length to the radius."
Now, the circumference of a circle is 2 pi times radius. Since each radian angle corresponds to an arc of length r, in the angle corresponding to the whole circle equals 2 pi radians.
• how to find the equation?
• You'd need to determine the center of the circle and the radius of the circle. Sal determined in this video that the center is (3, 5). We can then use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the circle's radius. (2, 0) is a point of the circle, and its distance from the center (3,5) is sqrt(1² + 5²) or sqrt(26). The equation of a circle is (x-u)²+(y-v)²=r², where (u, v) is the center of the circle and r is the radius of the circle. So we plug them in and find that the equation of this circle is (x-3)²+(y-5)²=26!
• What if you're given the radius and you're supposed to give the equation
• Well, the equation of a circle is (x-u)²+(y-v)²=r² , where (u, v) is the center of a circle and r is the radius of the circle. So, if you know the center of a circle and the radius of a circle, you can construct the equation of a circle! For example, if you know the radius of a circle is 8, then the equation must be (x-u)²+(y-v)²=64. Here, u and v don't even matter!

I hope this helps!
• Something that used to confuse me.

Subtracting two numbers gives you the LENGTH between them

Adding two numbers and dividing by two gives you the CENTER of them.

It's something so simple that I never really took the time to think about and hence was confusing me. Always look for these confusion bumps