# Functional Skills: Circles

## Functional Skills: Circles Revision

**Circles**

You will need to be able to identify and use properties of **circles** to then calculate the **area **and **circumference **of a circle.

Calculating the area and circumference involve working with a value called **pi **(\pi). \pi is the **ratio **of the circle’s circumference to its diameter (you don’t need to remember this) and is a decimal that never ends (\pi = 3.141592654...)

If you calculator has a \pi button then you can use this for calculations. However, you may be told to use \textcolor{orange}{3.14} or \textcolor{orange}{3.142} in place of \pi instead.

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**Properties of Circles**

The **circumference **of a circle is the length around the outside, or in other words – the perimeter.

The **centre **of a circle is the point exactly in the middle, where the distance to the **circumference **is equal from any direction.

The **diameter **of a circle is the distance from one side of the circle to the other, passing through the **centre**.

The **radius **of a circle is the distance from the **centre **to the **circumference**. The **radius **is always half of the **diameter**.

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**Area and CircumferenceÂ **

**Area **of a circle = \pi r^2

**Circumference** of a circle =\pi d = 2\pi r

r= **radius** and d= **diameterÂ **

**Example 1: Calculating Area**

Calculate the **area **of the circle shown on the right with a **diameter **of 4.8 cm to 1 decimal place.

Use \pi = 3.14

**[3 marks]**

The **diameter **of a circle is double the length of the **radius**, so

**radius **=\dfrac{4.8}{2}=2.4 cm

We know that the **area **of a circle =\pi r^2

Thus, using r=2.4 and \pi =3.14,

**area **of the circle = 3.14 \times 2.4^2=\textcolor{orange}{18.1} cm^2 (1 dp)

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**Example 2: Calculating Circumference**

Calculate theÂ **circumference**** **of the circle shown on the right with a **radius **of 2.9 cm to 1 decimal place.

Use \pi = 3.14

**[2 marks]**

We know that the **circumference **of a circle = \pi d = 2\pi r

Thus, using r=2.9 and \pi =3.14,

**circumferenceÂ **of the circle =2 \times 3.14 \times 2.9=\textcolor{orange}{18.2} cm (1 dp)

## Functional Skills: Circles Example Questions

**Question 1:Â **The circle below has a radius of 8.6 cm.

**a)Â **Calculate the circumference of the circle to 2 decimal places.

**[2 marks]**

**b)** Calculate the area of the circle to 2 decimal places.

**[2 marks]**

Use \pi=3.14

**a) **Circumference = 2\times \pi \times r

Circumference of the circle = 2\times 3.14\times 8.6=54.01 cm to 2 decimal places.

**b) **Area = \pi r^2

Area of the circle = 3.14 \times 8.6^2=232.23 cm^2 to 2 decimal places.

**Question 2:Â **Calculate the area of the circle below, which has a diameter of 11.3 cm.

Give your answer to 2 decimal places and use \pi=3.14

**[2 marks]**

Area = \pi r^2

We know that the diameter is double the length of the radius, so r=\dfrac{11.3}{2}=5.65 cm

Thus the area of the circle = 3.14 \times 5.65^2=100.24 cm^2 to 2 decimal places.

**Question 3:Â **The circumference of a circle is 11.932 cm. Use \pi=3.14, to find the area of the circle, giving your answer to 2 decimal places.

**[3 marks]**

We know that circumference = 2 \pi r

So 11.932= 2\times3.14\times r

\rArr r = \dfrac{11.932}{2\times3.14}=1.9 cm

Area = 3.14 \times 1.9^2=11.34 cm^2 to 2 decimal places.

**Question 4:Â **Calculate the circumference of the circle below with diameter of 3.2 m, giving your answer correct to 2 decimal places.

Use \pi =3.14

**[2 marks]**

Using circumference = \pi d

The circumference of the circle = 3.14 \times 3.2=10.05 m to 2 decimal places.

## Functional Skills: Circles Worksheet and Example Questions

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