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# Cricle in a plane

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17 Dec 2010, 09:48
Quick question, since I haven't been able to find the answer throughout the forum. When question says that circle is Xssqrd+Ysqrd=1, does that mean that radius of a circle on an XY plane is 1?

Appreciate the help guys!
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MisterEko wrote:
Quick question, since I haven't been able to find the answer throughout the forum. When question says that circle is Xssqrd+Ysqrd=1, does that mean that radius of a circle on an XY plane is 1?

Appreciate the help guys!

THEORY:
In an x-y Cartesian coordinate system, the circle with center (a, b) and radius r is the set of all points (x, y) such that:
$$(x-a)^2+(y-b)^2=r^2$$

This equation of the circle follows from the Pythagorean theorem applied to any point on the circle: as shown in the diagram above, the radius is the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle whose other sides are of length x-a and y-b.

If the circle is centered at the origin (0, 0), then the equation simplifies to:
$$x^2+y^2=r^2$$

So, if you have x^2+y^2=1 then you know that this circle is centered at the origin and has the radius equal to $$\sqrt{1}=1$$

For more check: math-coordinate-geometry-87652.html

P.S. It's better to write "Xssqrd+Ysqrd=1" as x^2+y^2=1.
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17 Dec 2010, 13:30
Bunuel wrote:
MisterEko wrote:
Quick question, since I haven't been able to find the answer throughout the forum. When question says that circle is Xssqrd+Ysqrd=1, does that mean that radius of a circle on an XY plane is 1?

Appreciate the help guys!

THEORY:
In an x-y Cartesian coordinate system, the circle with center (a, b) and radius r is the set of all points (x, y) such that:
$$(x-a)^2+(y-b)^2=r^2$$

This equation of the circle follows from the Pythagorean theorem applied to any point on the circle: as shown in the diagram above, the radius is the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle whose other sides are of length x-a and y-b.

If the circle is centered at the origin (0, 0), then the equation simplifies to:
$$x^2+y^2=r^2$$

So, if you have x^2+y^2=1 then you know that this circle is centered at the origin and has the radius equal to $$\sqrt{1}=1$$

For more check: math-coordinate-geometry-87652.html

P.S. It's better to write "Xssqrd+Ysqrd=1" as x^2+y^2=1.

Crystal clear. Helpful as always. Thank you.
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