# 8.9: Composite Area and Change of Dimensions

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## Learning Objectives

- Use similarity to generalize the results.

## Similarity

We know that *all circles are similar to each other.*

Suppose a circle has a radius of units.

- The
*scale factor*of this circle (with radius ) and the circle with radius 1 is:

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- You know how a
*scale factor*affects area measures:

If the scale factor is , then the area is times as much.

**Reading Check:**

1. *Explain how we know that all circles are similar to each other.*

*(Hint: Think about similar measurements that circles may have.)*

2. *If the scale factor of a circle is , how does this relate to a circle’s area?*

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Feb 23, 2012## Last Modified:

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