Degrees to Radians

Degrees to radians: In geometry, both degree and radian represent the measure of an angle. One complete anticlockwise revolution can be represented by 2π (in radians) or 360° (in degrees). Therefore, degree and radian can be equated as:

2π = 360°


π = 180°

Hence, from the above equation, we can say, 180 degrees is equal to π radian.

Usually, in general geometry, we consider the measure of the angle in degrees (°). Radian is commonly considered while measuring the angles of trigonometric functions or periodic functions. Radians is always represented in terms of pi, where the value of pi is equal to 22/7 or 3.14.

Learn about degree measure and radian measure of angles here.

A degree has its sub-parts also, stated as minutes and seconds. This conversion is a major part of Trigonometry applications.

Degrees × (π/180) = Radians

Radians  × (180/π) = Degrees

360 Degrees = 2π Radians

180 Degrees = π Radians

In this article, we are going to learn the conversion from degrees to radians, radians to degrees with its conversion procedure and many solved examples in detail.

How to Convert Degrees to Radians?

The value of 180° is equal to π radians. To convert any given angle from the measure of degrees to radians, the value has to be multiplied by π/180.

Degrees to Radians Formula

Where the value of π = 22/7 or 3.14

The below steps show the conversion of angle in degree measure to radians.

Step 1: Write the numerical value of the measure of an angle given in degrees

Step 2: Now, multiply the numeral value written in step 1 by π/180

Step 3: Simplify the expression by cancelling the common factors of the numerical

Step 4: The result obtained after the simplification will be the angle measure in radians

Let’s have a look at the examples of conversions of different angle measures.

Example 1: Convert 90 degrees to radians.

Solution: Given, 90 degrees is the angle

Angle in radian = Angle in degree x (π/180)

= 90 x (π/180)

= π/2

Hence, 90 degrees is equal to π/2 in radian.

Radians to Degrees Conversion

As we have already discussed, how to convert degrees to radians for any specific angle. Now, let us see how we can convert radians to degrees for any specific angle. The formula to convert radians to degrees is given by:

Radians  × (180/π) = Degrees

Example 2: Convert π/6 into degrees.

Solution: Using the formula,

π/6 × (180/π) = 180/6 = 30 degrees

Radian to Degree Equation

As we know already, one complete revolution, counterclockwise, in an XY plane, will be equal to 2π (in radians) or 360° (in degrees). Therefore, both degree and radian can form an equation, such that:

2π = 360°


π = 180°

Degrees to Radians Formula

To convert degrees to radians, we can use the same formula as given in the above section.

Degree x π/180 = Radian

Let us see some examples:

Example 3: Convert 15 degrees to radians.

Solution: Using the formula,

15 x π/180 = π/12

Example 4: Convert 330 degrees to radians.

Solution: Using the formula,

330 x π/180 = 11π/6

Negative Degrees to Radian

The method to convert a negative degree into a radian is the same as we have done for positive degrees. Multiply the given value of the angle in degrees by π/180.

Suppose -180 degrees has to be converted into radian, then,

Radian = (π/180) x  (degrees)

Radian = (π/180) x (-180°)

Angle in radian = – π

Degrees to Radians Calculator

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Degrees to Radians Chart

Let us create the table to convert some angles in degree form to radian form.

Angle in Degrees Angle in Radians
30° π/6 = 0.524 Rad
45° π/4 = 0.785 Rad
60° π/3 = 1.047 Rad
90° π/2 = 1.571 Rad
120° 2π/3 = 2.094 Rad
150° 5π/6 = 2.618 Rad
180° π = 3.14 Rad
210° 7π/6 = 3.665 Rad
270° 3π/2 = 4.713 Rad
360° 2π = 6.283 Rad

Conversion Of Some Common Angles

Go through the table below to understand the conversion of angles compared to the amount of turns.

Turns Radian Measure Degree Measure
0 turn 0 rad
1/24 turn π/12 rad 15°
1/16 turn π/8 rad 22.5°
1/12 turn π/6 30°
1/10 turn π/5 rad 36°
⅛ turn π/4 rad 45°
1/2π turn 1 rad 57.3°
⅙ turn π/3 rad 60°
⅕ turn 2π/5 rad 72°
¼ turn π/2 rad 90°
⅓ turn 2π/3 rad 120°
⅖ turn 4π/5 rad 144°
½ turn π rad 180°
¾ turn 3π/2 rad 270°
1 turn 2π rad 360°

Solved Examples

Question 1: Convert 200 degrees into radians.

Solution: By the formula, we know;

Angle in radians = Angle in degree × π/180


200 degrees in radians = 200 × π/180 = 10π/9 = 3.491 Rad

Question 2: Convert 450 degrees into radians.

Solution: By the formula, we know;

Angle in radians = Angle in degree × π/180


450 degrees in radians = 450 × π/180 = 7.854 Rad

Question 3: Write 3.25° in degrees, minutes and seconds.

3.25° = 3° + 0.25°

= 3° + (25/100).60

= 3° 15′

Question 4: Convert 18°30’42’’ into the degree.


18°30’42’’ = 18° + (30/60)° + (42/(60 x 60))°

= 18° + 0.5° + 0.01166°

= 18.51167°

Question 5: Find the value of 1c in degree minute and second.

Solution: From relation we have,

(π/2)c = 90°

\(\begin{array}{l}1^{c} = \frac{90}{(\frac{\pi }{2})^{c}}\times 1^{c}\end{array} \)

1c = 180/π ≈ 57.2957°

≈ 57° + (0.2957 x 60)’

≈ 57° 17.742′

≈ 57° 17′ + (0.742 x 60)”

≈57° 17′ 44″

Note – 1 radian is approximately 57 degrees 17 minutes and 44 seconds.

Practice Questions

  1. Transform 700 degrees to radians.
  2. How many radians is equal to 100 degrees?
  3. Convert 550 degrees to radians.

Frequently Asked Questions on Degrees to Radians

How do we convert degrees to radians?

To convert the value of the angle in degree, to its equivalent radians, we need to multiply the given value with π/180. For example, the value of 180 degrees is π in radians.

What is the formula to convert radian into degrees?

To convert the value of angle from radian to degrees, we need to multiply the given value with 180/π. For example, the value of 2π:
2π x 180/π = 360 degrees

How to convert 30 degrees to radians?

Multiply 30 degrees to π/180:
30 x (π/180) = π/6
Hence, 30 degrees is equal to π/6 in radians

How pi radians is equal to 180 degrees?

One complete revolution, counterclockwise, in an XY plane, will be equal to 2π (in radians) or 360° (in degrees). Hence, we can write:
2π = 360°
π = 180°
Therefore, pi is equal to 180 degrees

What is the value of 1 degree?

One degree is equal to (π/180)c or 0.0174533 radians.

What is the value of 1 radian?

One radian is approximately equal to 57.2958 degrees or 57 degrees, 17 minutes and 44 seconds.

Convert 3 radians to degrees.

3 radian × 180/π = 171.887Deg

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