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Circumference of circle

Center of circle Radius of circle Diameter of circle Chords of circle Semi-circle
Circumference of circle Interior of circle Exterior of circle Sector of a Circle Segment of a Circle
Area of Circle Arc of Circle

Definition:The distance around a circular region is known as “Circumference of Circle”
Or, In other words, perimeter of circle is also referred to as “Circumference of Circle”

In the following figure.



Points A, B, C, D, E all fall on the circular region of circle i.e Circumference of Circle.

Formula for finding Circumference of Circle :
circumference of circle = 2 (π) radius
or circumference of circle = (π) diameter


In order to understand the relevance of this formula, consider following table :

RadiusDiametercircumferenceRation of Circumference to Diameter
1263.00
24133.25
36193.17
48253.13
510313.10
612383.17
714443.14
816513.19
918573.17
1020633.15


From the above table you can make out that :
1. Circumference of Circle is always greater than three times of diameter.
2. Ratio of Circumference to Diameter falls between 3 and 3.3

Hence ratio of circumference to diameter is fixed at 3.14 or 22/7 and it is commonly denoted by π

So formula become :
Circumference / Diameter = π;
or Circumference = π X diameter
or Circumference = π X ( 2 X radius, as diameter is twice of radius) = 2 π r



Find circumference of circle when diameter of circle is given

Example 1: Find circumference of circle whose diameter is 14cm
Solution: As given in question:
Diameter (d) = 14 cm (given)

Apply formula of Circumference of Circle when diameter is given
Circumference of Circle = (π) d

Put the value of diameter & π and we get:
= (22/7)14

Solve the above expression and we get:
= 44 cm

Hence, circumference of circle = 44 cm


Find circumference of circle when radius of circle is given

Example 2: Find circumference of circle whose radius is 21 cm
Solution : As given in question:
Radius (r) = 21

Apply formula of Circumference of Circle when radius is given
Circumference of Circle = 2 (π) r

Put the value of radius & π and we get:
= 2 (22/7)21

Solve the above expression and we get:
= 132 cm

Hence, circumference of circle = 132 cm


Find diameter of circle when its circumference is given

Example 3: Find diameter of circle whose circumference is 22 cm
Solution: As given in question:
Circumference of Circle = 22 cm

Apply formula of Circumference of Circle when diameter is given
Circumference of Circle = (π) d

Put the value of circumference & π and we get:
22 = 22/7 d

Multiply both sides with 7/22 and we get:
7 = d

Hence, diameter of circle = 7 cm


Find radius of circle whose circumference is given

Example 4: Find radius of circle whose circumference is 22 cm
Solution: As given in question:
Circumference of Circle = 22 cm

Apply formula of Circumference of Circle when radius is given
Circumference of Circle = 2 (π) r

Put the value of circumference & π and we get:
22 = 2 (22/7) r

Divide both side by 2 and we get
11 = (22/7) r

Multiply both sides with 7/22 and we get:
7/2 = r

Convert the fraction into decimal and we get
3.5 = r

Hence, radius of circle = 3.5 cm


Find circumference of circle when area of circle is given

To understand this, you are advised to read:

How to find Area of Circle ?

Example 5: Find circumference of circle, if area of circle is 196 cm2
Solution : As given in the question:
Area of Circle = 616 cm2

This question is solved in two parts:
  • Part 1 : Find Radius of Circle
  • Part 2 : Find Circumference of Circle

    Part 1 is explained in the following ways:

    Apply formula of Area of circle:
    Area of Circle = π r 2

    Put the value of area of circle & π and we get:
    616 = 22/7 X r2

    Multiply both sides by 7/22 and we get:
    196 = r2

    Take square root of both sides and we get:
    r = 14

    Therefore, Radius = 14 cm


    Part 2 is explained in the following ways:

    Apply formula of Circumference of Circle:
    Circumference of Circle = 2 (π) r

    Put value of radius (from Part 1) & π and we get:
    =2 X 22/7 X 14

    Solve the above expression and we get:
    = 88 cm

    Hence, circumference of circle = 88 cm

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