You can use regular polygons with an increasing number of sides to help explain why a circle of radius 1 unit has an area of
\begin{align*}\pi \ un^2\end{align*}
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Guidance
A
circle
is a set of points equidistant from a given point. The
radius
of a circle,
\begin{align*}r\end{align*}
A regular polygon is a closed figure that is both equilateral and equiangular. As the number of sides of a regular polygon increases, the polygon looks more and more like a circle.
Previously you have learned that the
area
of a circle with radius
\begin{align*}r\end{align*}
Example A
Find the area of a regular octagon inscribed in a circle with radius 1 unit.
Solution:
Break the octagon into 8 congruent triangles. You will find the area of one triangle and multiply that by 8 to find the area of the whole octagon. Draw in the height for one of the triangles. The angle formed by the height and the radius of the circle is
\begin{align*}\frac{360^\circ}{16}=22.5^\circ\end{align*}
Now, you can use trigonometry to find the height and base of the triangle.

\begin{align*}\sin 22.5=\frac{0.5b}{1} \rightarrow b=2 \sin 22.5 \rightarrow b \approx 0.7654\end{align*}
sin22.5=0.5b1→b=2sin22.5→b≈0.7654 
\begin{align*}\cos 22.5=\frac{h}{1} \rightarrow h=\cos 22.5 \rightarrow h \approx 0.9239\end{align*}
cos22.5=h1→h=cos22.5→h≈0.9239
The area of the triangle is:
\begin{align*}A=\frac{bh}{2}=\frac{(0.7654)(0.9239)}{2} \approx 0.3536 \ un^2\end{align*}
Therefore, the area of the octagon is:
\begin{align*}A=8(0.3536) \approx 2.8288 \ un^2\end{align*}
Example B
Find the area of a regular 60gon inscribed in a circle with radius 1 unit and the area of a regular 120gon inscribed in a circle with radius 1 unit.
Solution: While you can't accurately draw a regular 60gon or a regular 180gon, you can use the method from Example A to find the area of each.
Regular 60gon:
Divide the polygon into 60 congruent triangles. Consider one of those triangles and draw in its height. You will focus on finding the area of this triangle. The angle formed by the height and the radius of the circle is
\begin{align*}\frac{360^\circ}{120}=3^\circ\end{align*}
Use trigonometry to find the height and base of the triangle.

\begin{align*}\sin 3=\frac{0.5b}{1} \rightarrow b=2 \sin 3 \rightarrow b \approx 0.1047\end{align*}
sin3=0.5b1→b=2sin3→b≈0.1047 
\begin{align*}\cos 3=\frac{h}{1} \rightarrow h=\cos 3 \rightarrow h \approx 0.9986\end{align*}
cos3=h1→h=cos3→h≈0.9986
The area of the triangle is:
\begin{align*}A=\frac{bh}{2}=\frac{(0.1047)(0.9986)}{2} \approx 0.0523 \ un^2\end{align*}
Therefore, the area of the 60gon is:
\begin{align*}A=60(0.0523) \approx 3.138 \ un^2\end{align*}
Regular 120gon:
Divide the polygon into 180 congruent triangles. Consider one of those triangles and draw in its height. You will focus on finding the area of this triangle. The angle formed by the height and the radius of the circle is
\begin{align*}\frac{360^\circ}{360}=1^\circ\end{align*}
Use trigonometry to find the height and base of the triangle.

\begin{align*}\sin 1=\frac{0.5b}{1} \rightarrow b=2 \sin 1 \rightarrow b \approx 0.0349048\end{align*}
sin1=0.5b1→b=2sin1→b≈0.0349048 
\begin{align*}\cos 1=\frac{h}{1} \rightarrow h=\cos 1 \rightarrow h \approx 0.9998477\end{align*}
cos1=h1→h=cos1→h≈0.9998477
The area of the triangle is:
\begin{align*}A=\frac{bh}{2}=\frac{(0.0349048)(0.9998477)}{2} \approx 0.0174482 \ un^2\end{align*}
Therefore, the area of the 180gon is:
\begin{align*}A=180(0.0174482) \approx 3.141 \ un^2\end{align*}
Example C
Using Examples A and B, what happens to the area of the regular polygon as the number of sides increases? Make a conjecture about the area of a circle with radius 1 unit.
Solution: From Examples A and B, you have the following information:
Number of Sides 
8 
60 
180 
Area 
2.8288 
3.138 
3.141 
As the number of sides increases, the regular polygon will get closer and closer to the circle that inscribes it. Therefore, the area of the regular polygon will get closer and closer to the area of the circle. Notice that as the number of sides went from 60 to 180, the area barely changed, staying around 3.14. If you increase the number of sides to 1000, you will find that the area of the regular polygon is still approximately 3.14157. You should recognize these numbers as approximately the value of
\begin{align*}\pi\end{align*}
As the number of sides increases, the polygon becomes closer and closer to a circle, and the area gets closer and closer to
\begin{align*}\pi \ un^2\end{align*}
Concept Problem Revisited
You can use regular polygons with an increasing number of sides to help explain why a circle of radius 1 unit has an area of
\begin{align*}\pi \ un^2\end{align*}
The area of the transformed circle is
\begin{align*}k^2\end{align*}
Vocabulary
A circle is a set of points equidistant from a given point.
The radius of a circle, \begin{align*}r\end{align*} , is the distance from the center of the circle to the circle.
Two figures are similar if a set of transformations will carry one figure onto the other figure.
The circumference of a circle is the perimeter of a circle, the distance around the circle.
Guided Practice
1. Find the perimeter of a regular octagon inscribed in a circle with radius 1 unit.
2. Find the perimeter of a regular 60gon inscribed in a circle with radius 1 unit.
3. Find the perimeter of a regular 180gon inscribed in a circle with radius 1 unit.
4. Make a conjecture about the circumference of a circle with radius 1 unit.
Answers:
1. From Example A, the base of one triangle was \begin{align*}b=2 \sin 22.5 \rightarrow b \approx 0.7654\end{align*} . Therefore, the perimeter of the octagon is \begin{align*}P \approx 8(0.7654)=6.1232 \ un\end{align*} .
2. From Example B, the base of one triangle was \begin{align*}b=2 \sin 3 \rightarrow b \approx 0.1047\end{align*} . Therefore, the perimeter of the 60gon is \begin{align*}P \approx 60(0.1047)=6.282 \ un\end{align*} .
3. From Example B, the base of one triangle was \begin{align*}b=2 \sin 1 \rightarrow b \approx 0.0349048\end{align*} . Therefore, the perimeter of the 180gon is \begin{align*}P \approx 180(0.0349048)=6.283 \ un\end{align*} .
4. The perimeters from #1, #2, and #3 are approaching \begin{align*}6.283 \approx 2 \pi\end{align*} . A conjecture would be that the circumference of a circle with radius 1 unit is \begin{align*}2 \pi \ un\end{align*} .
Practice
Consider a regular \begin{align*}n\end{align*} gon inscribed in a circle with radius 1 unit for questions 18.
1. What's the measure of the angle between the radius and the height of one triangle in terms of \begin{align*}n\end{align*} ?
2. What's the length of the base of one triangle in terms of sine and \begin{align*}n\end{align*} ?
3. What's the height of one triangle in terms of cosine and \begin{align*}n\end{align*} ?
4. What's the area of one triangle in terms of sine, cosine, and \begin{align*}n\end{align*} ?
5. What's the area of the polygon in terms of sine, cosine, and \begin{align*}n\end{align*} ?
6. What's the perimeter of the polygon in terms of sine, cosine, and \begin{align*}n\end{align*} ?
7. Let \begin{align*}n=10,000\end{align*} . What is the area of the polygon? What is the perimeter of the polygon? Use your calculator and your answers to #6 and #7.
8. Let \begin{align*}n=1,000,000\end{align*} . What is the area of the polygon? What is the perimeter of the polygon? Are you convinced that the area of a circle with radius 1 unit is \begin{align*}\pi\end{align*} and the circumference of a circle with radius 1 unit is \begin{align*}2 \pi\end{align*} ?
9. Explain why the area of a regular polygon inscribed in a circle with radius 1 unit gets closer to \begin{align*}\pi\end{align*} as the number of sides increases.
10. Explain why the perimeter of a regular polygon inscribed in a circle with radius 1 unit gets closer to \begin{align*}2 \pi\end{align*} as the number of sides increases.
11. Use similarity and the fact that the circumference of a circle with radius 1 unit is \begin{align*}2 \pi\end{align*} to explain why the formula for the circumference of a circle with radius \begin{align*}r\end{align*} is \begin{align*}2 \pi r\end{align*} .
12. A circle with radius 3 units is transformed into a circle with radius 5 units. What is the ratio of their areas? What is the ratio of their circumferences?
13. The ratio of the areas of two circles is \begin{align*}25:4\end{align*} . The radius of the smaller circle is 2 units. What's the radius of the larger circle?
14. The ratio of the areas of two circles is \begin{align*}25:9\end{align*} . The radius of the larger circle is 10 units. What's the radius of the smaller circle?
15. The ratio of the areas of two circles is \begin{align*}5:4\end{align*} . The radius of the larger circle is 8 units. What's the circumference of the smaller circle?