6.8: Circle Graphs
Introduction
Candy Data
One day while Taylor was in the candy store, she saw a chart that her Dad had made sitting on the counter.
“What’s this mean?” she asked, looking at the chart.
“That is a chart that shows our best sellers. Every other candy sells less than 10%, so I don’t usually include them. These are the top sellers. I keep track of our inventory each month and determine which candies were the top sellers. Then I create a graph of the data,” he explained.
“Where is the graph?”
“I haven’t made it yet.”
“I could do that,” Taylor said smiling.
“Terrific! Go right ahead.”
Taylor was so excited. She could finally put all of her math to work. She knew that a circle graph would be the best way to show the percentages. Here is the chart.
Lollipops  55%
Licorice  10%
Chocolates  20%
Gummy Bears  15%
Taylor started to work on the circle graph and she thought that she knew what she was doing, but then she got stuck. She couldn’t remember how to change each percentage into a number of degrees.
This is where you come in. It is your turn to help Taylor. Pay attention to this lesson and you will know how to create the circle graph in the end.
What You Will Learn
By the end of the lesson, you will be able to utilize the following skills:
 Interpret circle graphs given actual data or data expressed as fractions or percents of the whole.
 Make circle graphs given actual data.
 Make circle graphs given data as percents.
 Display and interpret realworld survey data using circle graphs.
Teaching Time
I. Interpret Circle Graphs Given Actual Data or Data Expressed as Fractions or Percents of the Whole
In a circle graph, the circle represents the whole. A circle graph can be used to compare the parts with the whole. It is a useful way to visually display data. Each of the parts is called a sector.
Let’s look at how data is expressed in a circle graph.
Example
The circle graph shows how the students at Grandville Middle School voted for a school mascot. Which mascot got the least number of votes?
Since there are no values shown on the circle graph, you need to visually determine which sector is the smallest. The smallest sector is the one for the Panther.
The Panther got the least number of votes for mascot.
Example
The circle graph shows the method of transportation used by students to get to Grandville Middle School. What percent of the students use the school bus to get to school?
The sectors of a circle graph must add up to 100%. Find the sum of the three given percents and then subtract from 100%.
\begin{align*}15 \% + 20 \% + 25 \% = 60 \%\!\\
100 \%  60 \% = 40 \%\end{align*}
40% of the students use the school bus to get to school.
Example
The circle graph shows the results of a music survey. What fraction of the people surveyed said country was their favorite type of music?
The fractions in the sectors of a circle graph must add up to 1. Find the sum of the three given fractions and then subtract from 1.
\begin{align*}\frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{10} & = \frac{5}{20} + \frac{10}{20} + \frac{2}{20} = \frac{17}{20}\\
1  \frac{17}{20} & = \frac{20}{20}  \frac{17}{20} = \frac{3}{20}\end{align*}
\begin{align*}\frac{3}{20}\end{align*}
We can show the same circle graph with its percents or with the measures of its central angles. The sum of the measures of the central angles in a circle graph is \begin{align*}360^ \circ\end{align*}
6V. Lesson Exercises
Use the two graphs above to answer the following questions.
 Which number of degrees is equal to 40%?

True or false. 25% is the same as a \begin{align*}90^\circ\end{align*}
90∘ angle?  How many degrees is equal to 15%?
Take a few minutes to check your work with a partner.
II. Make Circle Graphs Given Actual Data
Creating a circle graph may seem tricky, but if you think about the last examples it can become easier to figure out. First, notice that in the graphs at the end of the last section, each percentage was converted to a specific number of degrees. When you know the number of degrees that a percentage is equal to, you can use a protractor and a circle to draw it in exactly.
To figure this out, we have to figure out each percentage in terms of degrees. How do we do this?
First, we do this by creating a proportion. A percent is out of 100, so we can make a ratio out of any percent.
25% becomes \begin{align*}\frac{25}{100}\end{align*}
15% becomes \begin{align*}\frac{15}{100}\end{align*}
A circle is \begin{align*}360^ \circ\end{align*}
Here is a proportion for converting 25% to degrees.
\begin{align*}\frac{25}{100} = \frac{x}{360}\end{align*}
Now we cross multiply and solve for the variable \begin{align*}x\end{align*}. That will be the number of degrees.
\begin{align*}100x & = 25(360)\\ 100x & = 9000\\ x & =90\\ 25 \% &= 90^\circ\end{align*}
Now, if you were going to draw this on a circle graph, you could take a circle and your protractor and measure in a \begin{align*}90^\circ\end{align*} angle. That would equal 25% of the graph.
Example
Convert 30% into degrees.
First, we write a proportion.
\begin{align*}\frac{30}{100} = \frac{x}{360}\end{align*}
Next, we cross multiply and solve for the variable.
\begin{align*}10x &= 30(360)\\ 100x &= 10800\\ x &= 108\\ 30 \% &= 108^\circ\end{align*}
6W. Lesson Exercises
Convert each percent into degrees.
 20%
 40%
 75%
Take a few minutes to check your work with a friend.
III. Make Circle Graphs Given Data as Percents
Now let’s look at taking this one step further. If we know the percents for a circle graph, we can find the measures of the central angles of the circle. Then we can use a compass, a protractor, and a straight edge to make the circle graph.
Example
The table shows the results of the favorite school lunch of students in the seventh grade at Grandville Middle School. Make a circle graph for the results of the survey.
Favorite Food  % of Students Surveyed 

Pizza  30% 
Grilled Cheese  35% 
Hamburger  10% 
Chicken fingers  25% 
Step 1: Find the measure of the central angle by multiplying \begin{align*}360^\circ\end{align*} by the percent.
Favorite Food  % of Students Surveyed  Degrees in Central Angle 

Pizza  30%  30% of \begin{align*}360^\circ = 0.30 \times 360^\circ = 108^\circ\end{align*} 
Grilled Cheese  35%  35% of \begin{align*}360^\circ = 0.35 \times 360^\circ = 126^\circ\end{align*} 
Hamburger  10%  10% of \begin{align*}360^\circ = 0.10 \times 360^\circ = 36^\circ\end{align*} 
Chicken fingers  25%  25% of \begin{align*}360^\circ = 0.25 \times 360^\circ = 90^\circ\end{align*} 
Step 2: Draw a circle with a compass. Draw one radius. Use that radius as a side of one central angle. Measure and draw the other central angles using a protractor.
Step 3: Label each sector with a title and percent and give a title to the entire circle graph.
What about if we have actual data?
If we have actual data, we first need to find the percent for each sector of the circle graph. Then we can find the measures of the central angles of the circle and make the circle graph.
Example
The table shows the number of students in the seventh grade who are studying each foreign language. Make a circle graph that shows the data.
Foreign Language  Number of Students Studying Language 

Spanish  88 
French  48 
Italian  16 
German  8 
Step 1: Find the total number of seventh grade students studying a foreign language. Then find the percent of students studying each language.
\begin{align*}88 + 48 + 16 + 8 = 160\end{align*}
Foreign Language  Number of Students Studying Language  Percent of Students Studying Language 

Spanish  88  \begin{align*}\frac{88}{160} = \frac{11}{20} = 55 \%\end{align*} 
French  48  \begin{align*}\frac{48}{160} = \frac{3}{10} = 30 \%\end{align*} 
Italian  16  \begin{align*}\frac{16}{160} = \frac{1}{10} = 10 \%\end{align*} 
German  8  \begin{align*}\frac{8}{160} = \frac{1}{20} = 5 \%\end{align*} 
Step 2: Find the measure of the central angle by multiplying \begin{align*}360^\circ\end{align*} by the percent.
Foreign Language  Number of Students Studying Language  Percent of Students Studying Language  Degrees in Central Angle 

Spanish  88  55%  55% of \begin{align*}360^\circ = 0.55 \times 360^\circ = 198^\circ\end{align*} 
French  48  30%  30% of \begin{align*}360^\circ = 0.30 \times 360^\circ = 108^\circ\end{align*} 
Italian  16  10%  10% of \begin{align*}360^\circ = 0.10 \times 360^\circ = 36^\circ\end{align*} 
German  8  5%  5% of \begin{align*}360^\circ = 0.05 \times 360^\circ = 18^\circ\end{align*} 
Step 3: Draw a circle with a compass. Draw one radius. Use that radius as a side of one central angle. Measure and draw the other central angles using a protractor.
Step 4: Label each sector with a title and percent and give a title to the entire circle graph.
Here is the final graph.
IV. Display and Interpret RealWorld Survey Data Using Circle Graphs
Now you can make and interpret circle graphs for realworld data.
Example
The chart shows the Patrick family’s monthly budget. Make a circle graph to display their budget. Then find how much the family budgets for in each category if their monthly income is $2,500.
Rent and utilities  35%
Food  25%
Savings  10%
Transportation  15%
Clothing  10%
Other  5%
First find the number of degrees in the central angle for each category.
Rent and utilities  35%  \begin{align*}0.35 \times 360^\circ = 126^\circ\end{align*}
Food  25%  \begin{align*}0.25 \times 360^\circ = 90^\circ\end{align*}
Savings  10%  \begin{align*}0.10 \times 360^\circ = 36^\circ\end{align*}
Transportation  15%  \begin{align*}0.15 \times 360^\circ = 54^\circ\end{align*}
Clothing  10%  \begin{align*}0.10 \times 360^\circ = 36^\circ\end{align*}
Other  5%  \begin{align*}0.05 \times 360^\circ = 18^\circ\end{align*}
Next make a circle graph.
Then find how much the Patrick family budgets for in each category.
Rent and utilities  35%  \begin{align*}0.35 \times \$ 2,500 = \$ 875\end{align*}
Food  25%  \begin{align*}0.25 \times \$ 2,500 = \$ 625\end{align*}
Savings  10%  \begin{align*}0.10 \times \$ 2,500 = \$ 250\end{align*}
Transportation  15%  \begin{align*}0.15 \times \$ 2,500 = \$ 375\end{align*}
Clothing  10%  \begin{align*}0.10 \times \$ 2,500 = \$ 250\end{align*}
Other  5%  \begin{align*}0.05 \times \$ 2,500 = \$ 125\end{align*}
The Patrick family budgets $875 for rent and utilities, $625 for food, $250 for saving, $375 for transportation, $250 for clothing, and $125 for other.
Real Life Example Completed
Candy Data
Here is the original problem once again. Use what you have learned to help Taylor make the circle graph.
One day while Taylor was in the candy store, she saw a chart that her Dad had made sitting on the counter.
“What’s this mean?” she asked, looking at the chart.
“That is a chart that shows our best sellers. Every other candy sells less than 10%, so I don’t usually include it. These are the top sellers. I keep track of our inventory each month and determine which candies were the top sellers. Then I create a graph of the data,” he explained.
“Where is the graph?”
“I haven’t made it yet.”
“I could do that,” Taylor said smiling.
“Terrific! Go right ahead.”
Taylor was so excited. She could finally put all of her math to work. She knew that a circle graph would be the best way to show the percentages. Here is the chart.
Lollipops  55%
Licorice  10%
Chocolates  20%
Gummy Bears  15%
Taylor started to work on the circle graph and she thought that she knew what she was doing, but then she got stuck. She couldn’t remember how to change each percentage into a number of degrees.
First, we need to convert each percentage to a number of degrees. We can do this by multiplying each decimal by 360.
Lollipops \begin{align*}.55 \times 360 = 198^\circ\end{align*}
Licorice \begin{align*}.10 \times 360 = 36^\circ\end{align*}
Chocolates \begin{align*}.20 \times 360 = 72^\circ\end{align*}
Gummy Bears \begin{align*}.15 \times 360 = 54^\circ\end{align*}
Next, Taylor can use a protractor and a circle to create the circle graph. Here is her final work.
Vocabulary
Here are the vocabulary words that are found in this lesson.
 Circle Graph
 a visual display of data in a circle. A circle graph is created from percentages with the entire circle representing the whole. The sectors of the circle graph are divided according to the number of degrees they represent out of \begin{align*}360^\circ\end{align*}.
 Sector
 a section of a circle graph. Each section is known as a sector. Each sector can be measured in degrees and given a percentage.
Technology Integration
Khan Academy Reading Pie Graphs
James Sousa, Constructing a Circle Graph or Pie Chart, Part 1
James Sousa, Constructing a Circle Graph or Pie Chart, Part 2
Other Videos:
 http://www.schooltube.com/video/3569a4aea02846e18614/CircleGraphwithProtractor – This is a school tube video on how to make a circle graph using a protractor.
Time to Practice
Directions: Use the survey to answer each question.
A survey of 300 people asked them to name their favorite spectator sport. The results are shown in the circle graph below.
1. What was the most favorite spectator sport of the people surveyed?
2. What was the least favorite spectator sport of the people surveyed?
3. What percent of the people surveyed said that football was their favorite spectator sport?
4. How many people said that basketball was their favorite spectator sport?
5. How many more people said that soccer was their favorite sport than ice hockey?
6. The table shows the how much money the students in the seventh grade have raised so far for a class trip. Make a circle graph that shows the data.
Fundraiser  Amount 

Car wash  $150 
Book sale  $175 
Bake sale  $100 
Plant sale  $75 
7. Make a list of 5 popular ice cream flavors. Then survey your classmates, asking them which of the 5 flavors is their favorite ice cream flavor. Use the data to make a circle graph.
8. Use a newspaper to locate a circle graph of some data. Then write five questions about the data.
Directions: Look at each percentage and then use a proportion to find the equivalent number of degrees. You may round your answer when necessary.
9. 12%
10. 25%
11. 28%
12. 42%
13. 19%
14. 80%
15. 90%
16. 34%
17. 15%
18. 5%
19. 10%
20. 78%
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