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## Circles: Inscribed Angles, Arcs and Chords

#### Circles - HSG-C.A.2

What are Inscribed Angles, Arcs and Chords in Circles? We all are familiar with an 'O' like shape known as a circle. In fact, we observe and sometimes use it daily. A circle is a line forming a closed loop, every point on which is equidistant from a fixed point that is its center. But there is more to a circle than just a circular boundary. Let's discuss a few parts of a circle. CHORD - Before we discuss the mathematical definition of a chord, let's visualize it with an example. Imagine you are standing on the edge of a perfectly round lake and gazing at picnic tables on the other side of the lake. The chord is the straight line extending from you to the picnic tables. Mathematically, a chord is a line that connects two points on a circle. The diameter would be the longest chord. ARCS - Arc is commonly defined as a small portion of the circumference of a circle, which is the distance around the edge of a circle. Arc can be a small portion of some other curved shapes, too, like ellipses. To avoid the confusion, we generally term the arc of a circle as a circular arc. INSCRIBED ANGLE - An inscribed angle is formed by connecting the points present on the circumference of a circle. Mathematically saying, an inscribed angle is formed by two chords that meet at the same endpoint.

### Printable Worksheets And Lessons  #### Homework Sheets

Find the lengths of chords and positions of center.

• Homework 1 - FI and GH are chords in a circle, and their corresponding arcs are congruent. So, FI is congruent to GH.
• Homework 2 - < ABC is an inscribed angle that intercepts the same arc as the central angle.
• Homework 3 - The center of the circle is J. GJI is a diameter of the circle.

#### Practice Worksheets

I have used the mechanics of arcs to actually analyze a basketball shot. They are really fun.

• Practice 1 - What is the length of a chord and a few unknown angles to figure out.
• Practice 2 - We start to find the length of arcs here. We then move on to other missing measures and fill it all in.
• Practice 3 - Two chords in a circle are congruent if their corresponding arcs are congruent.

#### Math Skill Quizzes

Some of these are tricky to determine which part they are looking for you to find.

• Quiz 1 - Find the value of x. It is presented to you in so many different ways.
• Quiz 2 - In the figure, O is the center of the circle. What is m< PQR, if m < OQR = 35?
• Quiz 3 - The inscribed angle theorem states that the measure of an inscribed angle is half the measure of the central angle that intercepts the same arc.

### Why is Circle Geometry Important?

Our world is literally surrounded with this shape, pun intended. They are so ubiquitous we often forget that they are even present. The first major human invention, the wheel, is simply the proper use of this shape. In ancient cultures circles were thought to represent perfection and balance. In math this unparalleled shape can be used and modelled to understand a great deal about the world around us. Any thing that is tethered from a central point can be used to model a circle. In construction this phenomenon is often used to create all types of circular patterns. We live on a big sphere that is built off of the circle. To find out where you are located on that sphere, we use GPS which uses circle geometry to plot our location. Many scientific principles that are used to model and predict motion are based on circle geometry. Anything that does not travel in a straight line is modelled and understood this way.