Properties of a Circular Area
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The circle is a curved, closed, planar shape, every point of which has equal distance from a constant point, called centre. The points (x,y) of the circumference, satisfy the equation:
where x0, y0the coordinates of the centre of the circle and R its radius.
The area A and the perimeter P of a circular area, with radius R, can be found with these formulas:
The π number
Looking at the area formula, a physical definition of the π number can be given, as the times we should scale a square area R×R in order to get an equivalent circular area (problem of squaring a circle). Also, taking the circumference formula, an alternative physical definition is the times we should scale the diameter 2R of the circle in order to get its circumference. There is no way to precisely solve any of these problems either algebraically or geometrically, in a finite number of steps. The π number, that is involved in the equations, is an irrational number, which means that not only its decimal digits never end, but also they never reach a repeatable pattern (in other words, π can't be represented by a fraction). Approximations of π nowadays have reached to trillionth's of digits, however for most practical problems only a few digits are needed.