Radius Of A Circle And Chord

Radius of a circle is the distance from the center of the circle to any point on it’s circumference. It is usually denoted by ‘R’ or ‘r’. This quantity has importance in almost all circle-related formulas. The area and circumference of a circle are also measured in terms of radius. 

Circumference of circle = 2π (Radius)

Area of circle = π (Radius)2 


A radius is a measure of distance from the center of any circular object to its outermost edge or boundary. A radius is not only a dimension of a circle but also for a sphere, semi-sphere, a cone with a circular base, a cylinder having circular bases. 

A circle can be defined as the locus of a point moving in a plane, in such a manner that its distance from a fixed point is always constant. The fixed point is known as the center of the circle and distance between any point on the circle and its center is called the radius of a circle.

Diameter of a Circle

The diameter of a circle is the length of the line starting from one point on a circle to another point and passing through the center of the circle. It is equal to twice the radius of the circle. It is usually denoted by ‘d’ or ‘D’.

Diameter = 2 x Radius


Radius = Diameter/2

Diameter is the longest chord of the circle. 

Also, we can express the area and circumference of a circle with respect to the diameter.

Circumference of circle = π (Diameter)

Area of circle = π/4 (Diameter)2

Radius, Diameter and Chord

We have already discussed radius and diameter of circle. Now suppose, there is a line and a Circle given on a plane.  The line could touch circle at one point, or intersect at two points or it could be non-intersecting. 


Given a line and a Circle, it could either be touching the circle, interesting line or non-touching.

Consider any line AB and a circle. Then according to the relative positions of the line and the circle, three possibilities can arise as shown in the given figure.

Secant, Tangent and Non-intersecting lines

Line AB intersects the given circle at two distinct points P and Q. The line AB in this case is referred to as secant of the circle. Points P and Q lie on the circumference of the circle, but they do not pass through the center of the circle ‘O’, hence line segment PQ is known as a chord of the circle as its endpoints lie on the circle.

Therefore the chord of a circle can be defined as a line segment joining any two distinct points on the circle’s circumference. A chord passing through the center of a circle is known as the diameter of the circle and it is the largest chord of the circle. This diameter is twice that of the radius of a circle i.e. D=2r, where ‘D’ is the diameter and ‘r’ is the radius.

Radius, Diameter and Chord of Circle

Radius of a circle = Diameter/2

Diameter of a circle = 2 x Radius


The equation of a circle includes the radius and it is given by:

(x-h)2 + (y-k)2 = r2

Where (h,k) is the center of circle.

Radius of circle from Area

Since, the formula for area of a circle is given by:

Area of circle = π(Radius)2


Radius2 = Area/π

Radius = √(Area/π)

How to find Radius with Circumference?

If we know the circumference of the circle, then we can easily find its radius. Let us understand by example.

Suppose, the circumference is 40 cms, then find the radius.

Since, Circumference, C = 2πr

R = C/2π

R = 40/2π

R = 6.37 cm

Radius Formula

With respect to area and circumference, we can write the formula for the radius as:

R = C/2π And R =  √(A/π)

Also, R = D/2

Chord of a Circle Theorems

Theorem 1: The perpendicular line drawn from the center of a circle to a chord bisects the chord.

Circle Theorem

Given: AB= Chord; OC⊥AB

To prove: AC=BC

Construction: Draw OA and OB


S. No. Statement Reason
1 OA = OB Radii of the same circle
2 OC = OC Common
3 ∠OCA = ∠OCB Each angle measure 90 degrees
4 ΔOAC ≅ ΔOBC By RHS congruence criterion
5 AC = CB By CPCT (Corresponding parts of congruent triangles)

The converse of the above theorem is also true.

Theorem 2: The line drawn through the centre of the circle to bisect a chord is perpendicular to the chord.

Radius of circle. Theorem 2

Given: C is the midpoint of the chord AB of the circle with centre of circle at O

To prove: OC⊥AB

Construction: Join OA, OB and OC


S.No. Statement Reason
In ∆OAC and ∆OBC
1 OA = OB Radii of the same circle
2 OC = OC Common side
3 AC = BC Given
4 ∆OAC ∆OBC By SSS congruency
5 ∠1 = ∠2 Corresponding parts of congruent triangle
6 ∠1 + ∠2 = 180° Linear pair angles
7 ∠1 = ∠2 = 90° From statements 5 and 6
8 OC ⊥ AB From statement 7

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Solved Examples

Let us see some solved problems on radius and chord of a circle.

Example 1: Find the radius of the circle if its diameter is 16 cm.



Diameter of circle = 16 cm

Radius of circle = Diameter/2

= 16/2

= 8 cm

Example 2: If the length of the chord of a circle is 8 cm and the perpendicular distance from the centre to the chord is 3 cm, then what is the radius of the circle?


Let us draw a circle as per the given information.

Radius of circle example

Length of the chord = AB = 8 cm

Perpendicular distance = OP = 3 cm

Radius = OA

We know that, the perpendicular line drawn from the center of a circle to a chord bisects the chord.

AP = PB = 4 cm

In triangle OPA,

BY Pythagoras theorem,

OA2 = OP2 + AP2

OA2 = 9 + 16

OA2 = 25

OA = 5

Therefore, radius = 5 cm

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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

What is the radius of circle?

The length or the distance from the center of the circle to anypoint on the circle is called radius. It is denoted by ‘r’ or ‘R’.

What is the relation between radius and diameter of a circle?

Radius is equal to half of the diameter of the circle. If the diameter is 10 cm, then radius will be equal to 5 cm.

What is the equation of circle centered at (1,2) with radius equal 3cm?

Using equation of the circle formula,
(x-1)2 + (y-2)2 = 32
(x−1)2 +(y−2)2 = 9
(x2−2x+1)+(y2−4y+4) = 9
X2+ y2−2x−4y−4 = 0
This is the final equation.

What is the value of radius, if the area of circle is 78.54 sq cm?

Since, radius = √(Area/π)
Given, area = 78.54 sq.cm and π = 22/7
Radius = √(78.54/(22/7))
Radius = 5 cm (Approximately)

If the circumference of a circle is 100 cms, then find the radius?

Radius = Circumference/2π
R = 100/2π
R = 15.92 cm.

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