Circle - Properties


  • The circle is the shape with the largest area for a given length of perimeter. (See Isoperimetric inequality.)
  • The circle is a highly symmetric shape: every line through the centre forms a line of reflection symmetry and it has rotational symmetry around the centre for every angle. Its symmetry group is the orthogonal group O(2,R). The group of rotations alone is the circle group T.
  • All circles are similar.
    • A circle's circumference and radius are proportional.
    • The area enclosed and the square of its radius are proportional.
      • The constants of proportionality are 2π and π, respectively.
  • The circle which is centred at the origin with radius 1 is called the unit circle.
    • Thought of as a great circle of the unit sphere, it becomes the Riemannian circle.
  • Through any three points, not all on the same line, there lies a unique circle. In Cartesian coordinates, it is possible to give explicit formulae for the coordinates of the centre of the circle and the radius in terms of the coordinates of the three given points. See circumcircle.

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