You draw a circle that is centered at the origin. You measure the diameter of the circle to be 32 units. Does the point lie on the circle?
Circles Centered at the Origin
Until now, your only reference to circles was from geometry. A circle is the set of points that are equidistant (the radius) from a given point (the center). A line segment that passes through the center and has endpoints on the circle is a diameter.
Now, we will take a circle and place it on the plane to see if we can find its equation. In this concept, we are going to place the center of the circle on the origin.
Finding the Equation of a Circle
Step 1: On a piece of graph paper, draw an plane. Using a compass, draw a circle, centered at the origin that has a radius of 5. Find the point on the circle and draw a right triangle with the radius as the hypotenuse.
Step 2: Using the length of each side of the right triangle, show that the Pythagorean Theorem is true.
Step 3: Now, instead of using , change the point to so that it represents any point on the circle. Using to represent the radius, rewrite the Pythagorean Theorem.
The equation of a circle, centered at the origin, is , where is the radius and is any point on the circle.
Let's find the radius of and graph.
To find the radius, we can set , making . is not -4 because it is a distance and distances are always positive. To graph the circle, start at the origin and go out 4 units in each direction and connect.
Now, let's find the equation of the circle with center at the origin and passes through .
Using the equation of the circle, we have: . Solve for .
So, the equation is . The radius of the circle is .
Finally, let's determine if the point is on the circle .
Substitute the point in for and and see if it equals 225.
The point is not on the circle.
Earlier, you were asked to determine if the point lies on the circle that is centered at the origin and has a diameter of 32 units.
From this lesson, you know that the equation of a circle that is centered at the origin is , where is the radius and is any point on the circle.
With the point , and . We are given the diameter, but we need the radius. Recall that the radius is half the diameter, so the radius is .
Plug these values into the equation of the circle. If they result in a true statement, the point lies on the circle.
Therefore the point does not lie on the circle.
Graph and find the radius of .
Find the equation of the circle with a radius of .
Plug in for in
Find the equation of the circle that passes through .
Plug in for and , respectively.
The equation is
Determine if is on the circle .
Plug in to see if it is a valid equation.
Yes, the point is on the circle.
Graph the following circles and find the radius.
Write the equation of the circle with the given radius and centered at the origin.
Write the equation of the circle that passes through the given point and is centered at the origin.
Determine if the following points are on the circle, .
Challenge In Geometry, you learned about tangent lines to a circle. Recall that the tangent line touches a circle at one point and is perpendicular to the radius at that point, called the point of tangency.
- The equation of a circle is with point of tangency .
- Repeat the steps in #16 to find the equation of the tangent line to with a point of tangency of .
Answers for Review Problems
To see the Review answers, open this PDF file and look for section 10.3.