## Segment of a Circle Definition

A segment of a circle can be defined as a region bounded by a chord and a corresponding arc lying between the chord’s endpoints. In other words, a circular segment is a region of a circle which is created by breaking apart from the rest of the circle through a secant or a chord. We can also define segments as the parts that are divided by the circle’s arc and connected through a chord by the endpoints of the arc. It is to be noted that the segments do not contain the center point.

## Types of Segments in a Circle

According to the definition, the part of the circular region which is enclosed between a chord and corresponding arc is known as a segment of the circle. There are two classifications of segments in a circle, namely the **major segment** and the **minor segment**. The segment having a larger area is known as the major segment and the segment having a smaller area is known as the minor segment.

In the figure above, ADB is the major segment and ABC is the minor segment. If nothing is stated, a segment means the minor segment. In order to calculate the area of a segment of a circle, one should know how to calculate the area of the sector of the circle.

## Area of a Segment of a Circle Formula

The formula to find segment area can be either in terms of radians or in terms of degree. The formulas for a circle’s segment are as follows:

Formula To Calculate Area of a Segment of a Circle | |
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Area of a Segment in Radians | A = (Â½) Ã— r^{2} (Î¸ – Sin Î¸) |

Area of a Segment in Degrees | A = (Â½) Ã— r ^{2 } Ã— [(Ï€/180) Î¸ â€“ sin Î¸] |

### How to Calculate the Area of Segment of Circle?

In fig. 1, if âˆ AOB = Î¸ (in degrees), then the area of the sector AOBC (A _{sector AOBC}) is given by the formula;

(A _{sector AOBC}) = Î¸/360Â° Ã— Ï€r^{2}

Let the area of Î”AOB be A_{Î”AOB}. So, the area of the segment ABC(A _{segment ABC}) is given by

(A _{segment ABC}) = (A_{ sector AOBC}) â€“ A_{Î”AOB}

(A _{segment ABC}) = Î¸/360Â° Ã— Ï€r^{2 }â€“ A_{Î”AOB}

The area of Î”AOB can be calculated in two steps, As shown in fig. 2,

Calculate the height of Î”AOB i.e. OP using Pythagoras theorem as given below:

OP = âˆš[r^{2}â€“(AB/2)^{2}] if the length of AB is given

or, OP = r cos (Î¸/2), if Î¸ is given (in degrees)

Calculate the area of âˆ†AOB using the formula:

(A _{area Î”AOB}) = Â½ Ã— base Ã— height = Â½ Ã— AB Ã— OP

Now, substituting the values in the area of segment formula, the area can be calculated.

### Related Video

**Theorems on Segment of a Circle**

There are two main theorems based on a circle’s segments which are:

- Alternate Segment Theorem
- Angle in the Same Segment Theorem
- Alternate Angle Theorem

**Theorem 1: Inscribed Angle ****Theorem**

**Statement: **The inscribed angle theorem states that an angle Î¸ inscribed in a circle is half of the central angle 2Î¸ that subtends the same arc on the circle.

In the below figure, **âˆ AOC = 2âˆ ABC**

**Proof:**

Consider the alternate angle ACD (as x) is equal to the angle ABC is shown on the other side of the chord, where DC is the tangent to the circle.

Triangle ABC has points A, B and C on the circumference of a circle with centre O. Join OA and OC to form triangle AOC.

Let âˆ ACD = x, and âˆ OCA = y.

We know that tangent to a circle is at a right angle to the radius of a circle,

Therefore, x + y = 90Â° â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”(i)

Bisect the triangle AOC from the point O, then the triangle formed is a right-angled triangle at E. Let the bisected angle be z.

Therefore, âˆ AOE = âˆ COE =z

Sum of angles of a triangle is 180Â°

In â–³COE, y + z + 90Â° = 180Â°

Or, y + z = 90Â° â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”(ii)

Equating equation (i) and (ii), we have

x = z

We know, âˆ ABC = âˆ ACD = x

Therefore, âˆ AOC = 2z

and âˆ ABC = x

Which implies **âˆ AOC = 2âˆ ABC**

**Theorem 2: ****Angle in the Same Segment Theorem**

**Statement: **Angles which are in the same segment are equal, i.e. angles subtended (made) by the same arc at the circumference are equal.

According to angle in the same segment theorem, angles in the same segment are equal. Consider triangle ABC and ADC having âˆ ABC and âˆ ADC in the major segment of a circle.

**To prove: âˆ ABC = âˆ ADC**

**Construction: **Join O to A and C.

**Proof: **

Let âˆ AOC = x

From **Theorem 1,** we have

x = 2âˆ ABC â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€“(i)

Also, x = 2âˆ ADC â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”-(ii)

From (i) and (ii), we have

âˆ ABC = âˆ ADC

### Theorem 3: Alternate Angle Theorem

**Statement: **The alternate segment theorem (also known as the tangent-chord theorem) states that in any circle, the angle between a chord and a tangent through one of the endpoints of the chord is equal to the angle in the alternate segment.

In the following figure, **âˆ ACD = âˆ ABC = x**

**Note: **Check out more circle theorems and their converses here.

### Example Questions Based on Segment Formula

**Question 1:Â **What is the area of the segment corresponding to the arc subtending an angle of 60Â° at the centre of a circle with radius 6 cm?

**Solution:**

Area of the sector AOB (blue region + green region) = (Î¸/360Â°) Ã— Ï€r^{2 }= (60Â°/360Â°) Ã— Ï€ Ã— 6^{2} = 6Ï€ cm^{2}

Area of Î”AOB = Â½ Ã— OC Ã— AB

Where OC = 6 cos 30Â° = 6 Ã— (âˆš3/2) = 3âˆš3 cm

And AB = 2BC = 2 Ã— 6 sin 30Â° = 2 Ã— 6 Ã— Â½ = 6 cm

Substituting the values, Area of âˆ†AOB = Â½ Ã— 3âˆš3 Ã— 6 = 9âˆš3 cm^{2}

So, area of segment AB = 6Ï€ cm^{2 }â€“ 9âˆš3 cm^{2}

= 3(2Ï€ â€“ 3âˆš3) cm^{2}

### More Topics Related to Circles and Its Segment

Parts of a Circle | Properties of Circle |

Circumference of a Circle | Radius Of A Circle |

Chord Of A Circle And Its Theorem | Area Of a Circle |

Circles Class 10 Notes: Chapter 10 | Circles Class 9 |

## Frequently Asked Questions

### What is a Circle?

A circle can be defined as a closed two-dimensional figure in which all the points in the boundary are equidistant from a single point called the centre.

### What is the Segment of a Circle?

A segment of a circle can be defined as the region which is created by a secant or a chord with the corresponding arc of the circle. The segment portraying a larger area is known as the major segment and the segment having a smaller area is known as a minor segment.

### What is the Formula for the Area of a Segment?

The area of a segment can be calculated in radians using the following formula:

A = (Â½) Ã— r^{2} (Î¸ â€“ Sin Î¸)

### Is a Semicircle a Segment?

Yes, semicircle can be termed as a segment. It is the biggest segment of a circle. Also, for a semicircle, the diameter divides the circle the area covered by the sector is also the area covered by the segment.

How do you calculate area of segment if you know the length of the chord but not the size of any angles in triangle?

If the radius and the segment height of a circle are given, then the formula to calculate the area of the segment is

Area of Segment = r^2 cos^-1[(r-h)/r]-(r-h)âˆš[2rh -h^2]

At least two dimensions must be known. Draw a perpendicular to the base passing through apex. It will form a right angled triangle. Using Pythagoras’s theorem you can calculate other unknown dimension. Using trigonometric formulae you can calculate other angles of the triangle.

Send me a formula of minor segment

Area of segment = Area of sector – Area of Triangle

= (Î¸/360Â° Ã— Ï€r^2) – Area of triangle