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Chapter 9: Circles

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12


Finally, we dive into a different shape, circles. First, we will define all the parts of circles and then explore the properties of tangent lines, arcs, inscribed angles, and chords. Next, we will learn about the properties of angles within circles that are formed by chords, tangents and secants. Lastly, we will place circles in the coordinate plane, find the equations of, and graph circles.

Chapter Outline

Chapter Summary


This chapter begins with vocabulary associated with the parts of circles. It then branches into theorems about tangent lines; properties of arcs and central angles; and theorems about chords and how to apply them. Inscribed angles and inscribed quadrilaterals and their properties are explored. Angles on, inside, and outside a circle are presented in detail and the subsequent relationships are used in problem solving. Relationships among chords, secants, and tangents are discovered and applied. The chapter ends with the connection between algebra and geometry as the equations of circles are discussed.

Chapter Keywords

  • Circle
  • Center
  • Radius
  • Chord
  • Diameter
  • Secant
  • Tangent
  • Point of Tangency
  • Congruent Circles
  • Concentric Circles
  • Tangent to a Circle Theorem
  • Central Angle
  • Arc
  • Semicircle
  • Minor Arc
  • Major Arc
  • Congruent Arcs
  • Arc Addition Postulate
  • Inscribed Angle
  • Intercepted Arc
  • Inscribed Angle Theorem
  • Inscribed Polygon
  • Standard Equation of a Circle

Chapter Review

Match the description with the correct label.

  1. minor arc - A. CD¯¯¯¯¯
  2. chord - B. AD¯¯¯¯¯¯
  3. tangent line - C. CB
  4. central angle - D. EF
  5. secant - E. A
  6. radius - F. D
  7. inscribed angle - G. BAD
  8. center - H. BCD
  9. major arc - I. BDˆ
  10. point of tangency - J. BCDˆ

Texas Instruments Resources

In the CK-12 Texas Instruments Geometry FlexBook, there are graphing calculator activities designed to supplement the objectives for some of the lessons in this chapter. See http://www.ck12.org/flexr/chapter/9694.

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Jul 17, 2012

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