Math Forum - Problems Library - Geometry, Circles

_____________________________________
diamond Library of Math Forum Problems

Primary Math Fundamentals Pre-Algebra
Algebra Geometry Discrete Math Trig/Calculus
_____________________________________
(membership required) || Become a Member || Learn about Membership
_____________________________________

TOPICS
space

This page:
checkmarkcircles

About Levels
of Difficulty

Geometry
  lines/angles
  triangles
  quadrilaterals
  polygons
  circles
  perimeter, area,
    volume
  similar/congruent
  right triangles
  transform/symmetry
  construction/locus
  coordinate geometry
  modeling/applications

Browse all
Geometry
Problems

Geometry
Home

About the
PoW Library

Circles
Problems in this section deal with the basic definitions of parts of a circle. Algebraic problems are based on the theorems that describe the relations among chords, radii, and tangents, or between arcs and angles. Many of the problems in this category will require advanced knowledge and an integration of several geometric topics.

Related Resources
Interactive resources from our Math Tools project:
   Geometry: Circles
The closest match in our Ask Dr. Math archives:
   High School: Conic Sections/Circles
NCTM Standards:
   Geometry Standard for Grades 9-12


Access to these problems requires a Membership.

All Around the World - Terry Trotter & Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. If a wire wrapped around the equator of the Earth is lengthened by 100 meters, how far above the surface of the Earth would the wire now be if lifted off the surface an equal distance all the way around? ... more>>

Arc to Area - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 4. Given an arc with a measure of 40 degrees whose endpoints are at (1,5) and (5,3), find the area of the circle that contains the arc. ... more>>

As Far as the Eye Can See - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 4. If I'm 5'10" tall, can I see the entire length of Lake Memphramagog, which is about 23 miles long? ... more>>

Broken Pottery - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Explain how to find the center of this sherd. ... more>>

Building a Vaulted Ceiling - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 4. An eyebrow window is a 15-inch-deep slice off an 8.5-foot circle. How wide will the base of the window be? ... more>>

Circle Derby - Terry Trotter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Determine which dot has the small angle to go and which has the shortest distance to go in this race around a circle. ... more>>

A Circle Inscribed in an Isosceles Triangle - Ilmar Vitsut
Geometry, difficulty level 4. Find the radius of a circle inscribed in an isosceles triangle with sides 12, 12, and 8. ... more>>

Circles and Tangents - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. AOD is a diameter of circle O. B is any point on the circle. At B, a tangent is drawn to the circle. From the center, O, a line is drawn parallel to AB, meeting the tangent at P. Prove that PD is tangent to the circle. ... more>>

Circumnavigating Circles - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. The radii of two wheels are 10 vershoks and 5 vershoks and their centers are 30 vershoks apart. A belt goes around both of the wheels, criss-crossing between the two centers to form two internal tangents. What's the length of the belt? ... more>>

Congruent Chords and Circles - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 4. Prove that two congruent chords in a circle are equal distances from the center of the circle. ... more>>

Congruent Chords - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. Two congruent circles are drawn, and four congruent chords are drawn, two in each circle, all perpendicular to the diameter through both circles. The distance between the two furthest chords is 20, and the distance between two chords of the same circle is 8. What's the area of one of the circles? ... more>>

Dendrochronology - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Figure out about how old a large yellow birch is, given its diameter. ... more>>

Drawing a Kite Plan - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. Given a picture of a kite plan, figure out the radius of the circle that creates the curved section. ... more>>

Drawing Out a Decagon - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Extend sides AB and IH of the regular decagon ABCDEFGHIJ until they intersect. What is the measure of the acute angle at this intersection? ... more>>

Equilateral Triangles and Circles - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Two vertices of an equilateral triangle are on the diameter of a circle whose area is 49 pi. The other vertex is on the circumference of the circle. What's the largest possible area of the triangle? ... more>>

Extending the Enneagon - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. Extend the sides AB and ED of the regular enneagon ABCDEFGHI until they intersect. What is the measure of the acute angle at this intersection? Extend sides AB and EF. Now what's the measure of that acute angle at the intersection? ... more>>

Find the Largest Equilateral Triangle - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. Two vertices of an equilateral triangle lie on a diameter of a circle whose area is 36pi cm^2, and the third vertex lies on the circle. What is the largest possible area of the triangle? ... more>>

Find the Perimeter - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. In the given picture, DB and DC are both 20 inches. What's the perimeter of triangle FDG? ... more>>

Fix This Picture - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Figure out what's wrong with this picture that includes a circle and a rhombus. ... more>>

An Inscribed Circle - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Find the radius of a circle inscribed in a right triangle with legs of 5 units and 12 units. ... more>>

Intersecting Circles - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. What is the maximum number of times six circles of the same size can intersect? In other words, draw six circles of the same size on a piece of paper - what is the maximum number of intersections your drawing can have? ... more>>

It's Probably This Chord - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. Find the probability that a chord of a circle will have particular characteristics. ... more>>

Learning About GPS - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 4. What percentage of the surface of the earth can be seen by a satellite orbiting at an altitude of 20,200 km? Are the Global Positioning System satellites "geosynchronous"? ... more>>

The Length of a Belt - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. The diameters of two wheels are 18 cm and 12 cm and their centers are 30 cm apart. A belt goes around them and crosses 18 cm from the center of the big wheel. How long is the belt? How do you know you're right? ... more>>

Look West! - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. How far away is the horizon when you're at the top of the Gateway Arch? ... more>>

Magic Coins - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. How come you can fit a quarter through a hole the size of a dime? Find a pair of coins in another system of money that could be used as "magic coins" - the "biggest" and "smallest" coins for which this would work. ... more>>

Making Pie Crust - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. How would you change the recipe for a 9-inch pie crust to make an 11-inch pie crust? ... more>>

Measuring Cylinders - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Help Ian measure his stove pipe and his propane tank. ... more>>

Measuring the Circumference of the Earth - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. At our office on the autumnal equinox, the angle formed by the sun's rays and a stick is 40 degrees. If our office is 2749 miles from the equator, what's the circumference of the Earth? ... more>>

A Minor Problem - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 1. A chord of a circle is one side of an equilateral triangle. The other two sides of the triangle are radii of the circle. Find the length of the minor arc subtended by the chord, if the radius of the circle is given. ... more>>

More Pie, Anyone? - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. How big a pie pan would you need if you made twice as much dough as you would need for a 9-inch pan? ... more>>

More Tangents! - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. Given a square ABCD inscribed in a unit circle. AB is extended to P, where PC is tangent to the circle. Find the length of PD. ... more>>

Off on a Tangent - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. Figure out how to construct the required figure. ... more>>

Overlapping Squares - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. Two squares, one 8 cm on a side and the other 10 cm, overlap. A corner of the 10 cm square is anchored at the middle of the 8 cm square and can rotate around that point. What are the maximum and minimum areas they'll overlap? ... more>>

Painting a Carousel - Annie Fetter & Car Talk
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Help Liam and Thomas figure out the area of the deck of a carousel using only one measurement. ... more>>

Patterning a Shotgun - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Construct a circular target with nine regions of equal area, with one a circle in the middle and spokes going out to the edge. If the whole circle is 6 feet in diameter, what will the diameter of the inner circle be? ... more>>

Proving PD - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. AOD is a diameter of the circle with center O. B is any point on the circle that isn't A or D. A tangent is drawn to the circle at point B. A line is drawn through O parallel to AB, meeting the tangent at P. Prove that PD is a tangent to the circle. ... more>>

Replacing the Football Field - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Will a regulation-size NCAA soccer field fit inside an equal-quadrant 400-meter track? ... more>>

Reza's Circle - Reza Kassai
Geometry, difficulty level 2. OC is the radius of a circle and has a length of sqrt2 units. DE is the perpendicular bisector of OC. BA is tangent to the circle at A. DC = CB. Find the length of AB. ... more>>

The Rolling Triangle - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. Equilateral triangle ABC sits on top of unit square DEFG so that AC is coincident with DE. The triangle is rotated around the outside of the square until it returns to the top edge. How far did point A travel? ... more>>

Running a Mile on a Metric Track - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 4. How far out from the rail on a 400 meter track would you have to run to cover 440 yards? ... more>>

The Subtending Chord - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. A chord of a circle is the hypotenuse of an isosceles right triangle whose legs are radii of the circle. The length of the chord is 8 times the square root of 2. What is the length of the minor arc subtended by the chord? ... more>>

Voulez Vous des Voussoirs? - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Voussoirs are trapezoidal chunks of stone used to build stone arches. ... more>>

What Do We Know About Tangents? - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Given two externally tangent congruent circles, construct a segment from the center of one circle tangent to the other circle. If the length of this segment is 10, what's the radius of the circles? ... more>>

Which Pizza? - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 2. Which is a better deal - a 16" diameter pizza for $11 or a 10" diameter pizza for $7? ... more>>

Page:  1


[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

_____________________________________
Home || The Math Library || Quick Reference || Search || Help 
_____________________________________

© 1994-2012 Drexel University. All rights reserved.
http://mathforum.org/
The Math Forum is a research and educational enterprise of the Drexel University School of Education.The Math Forum is a research and educational enterprise of the Drexel University School of Education.