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What is a radius? Radius of a circle

By |2018-05-10T10:38:52+00:00July 29th, 2017|Math|

What is a radius? The geometry of a circle What is a radius? The radius of a circle is the distance from the center point to the edge of the circle. It's the same distance anywhere on the circle, because the circle has radial symmetry. So it doesn't matter where you measure the radius on the circle, [...]

What is pi? Simple geometry – Math, circles, circumference, diameter

By |2018-04-23T16:01:03+00:00July 29th, 2017|Math|

What is pi? The geometry of a circle What is pi? Pi is a number that is just a little bigger than 3.14. It is the number you get if you divide the circumference of any circle by its diameter. It's the same for all circles. You can approximate pi for yourself by taking some circular things like the tops [...]

Proof for the area of a circle

By |2018-03-14T12:32:23+00:00July 28th, 2017|Math|

Divide a circle up into sections like an orange We know it's true that A=πr-squared is the area of a circle, but how can we prove that it is always true for every possible circle? Here's how Euclid did it. Start by dividing a circle into sixteen sections like an orange. We know that together they add up to the [...]

Area of a circle – Geometry

By |2017-07-28T00:00:26+00:00July 28th, 2017|Math|

The geometry of a circle The area of a circle is the flat surface inside its circumference. The area is always equal to the radius squared, multiplied by π (pi). Here's a proof that this is always true for any circle. Learn by doing: figure out the area of some circles around you. Radius Diameter Circumference of [...]

Greek mathematics – Geometry and Proofs – Ancient Greece

By |2018-04-22T10:26:50+00:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Math|

Greek math: An Egyptian papyrus from about 100 AD which is a piece of one of Euclid's books Greek math: geometry not algebra Because people in ancient Greece had only very clumsy ways of writing down numbers, they didn't like algebra. They found it very hard to write down equations or number problems. Instead, Greek mathematicians were [...]

Math and Numbers in Ancient China

By |2018-04-25T12:09:29+00:00June 7th, 2017|China, Science|

Chinese numbers: number rods Chinese numbers People in China were using written numbers by about 1500 BC, in the Shang Dynasty. This is about two thousand years later than people began to write numbers in West Asia. It's more than a thousand years later than people began to write numbers in India. Nobody knows whether [...]