Finding the Radius from the Circumference
(KS3, Year 7)

The Lesson

The radius of a circle is found from the circumference of a circle using the formula:

radius equals circumference divided by 2 pi In this formula, C is the circumference of the circle. The image below shows what we mean by finding the radius from the circumference:

circumference and radius on a circle

How to Find the Radius from the Circumference

Finding the radius from the circumference is easy.

Question

What is the radius of the circle, with circumference 50 cm, below?
circle with a circumference of 50 cm

Step-by-Step:

1

Start with the formula:
Radius = C
Don't forget: / means ÷ and π is pi (≈ 3.14)

2

Substitute the circumference into the formula. In our example, C = 50.
Radius = 50 Radius = 50 ÷ 2 ÷ π Radius = 25 ÷ π Radius = 25 ÷ 3.14 Radius = 8 cm

Answer:

The radius of the circle is 8 cm.

Lesson Slides

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Interactive Widget

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Why Is Knowing the Radius in Terms of the Circumference Useful?

Most of the properties of a circle - such as its circumference and area - can be expressed in terms of the radius or diameter. Most students remember the cirumference of a circle with a diameter d as:

But what if you are told the radius r instead? Multiply it by 2 to find the diameter. If you substitute 2r for d, a formula for the circumference of a circle in terms of the radius can be found:

Read more about how to find the circumference of a circle using the radius
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What is the radius? What is a circle? What is the circumference? Find the radius from the circumference of a circle ( interactive widget)