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# Diameter

In geometry, a circle is a two-dimensional (2D) shape in which all points on the circle are equidistant from another point called the center. The term "radius" is used to describe the distance from the center to any point on the outside of the circle. The distance from one point on the surface of the circle to another point on the surface of the circle that goes through the center point is called the diameter. The diameter is always double the radius.

## Diameter formulas

There are a few different ways to calculate the diameter of a circle based on information that is already known. The easiest way to figure the diameter is if you know the radius, but it is also possible to calculate the diameter if you know the circumference of the circle or the area of the circle.

Example 1

If the radius of a circle is known, the diameter is calculated as:

$D=2R$

Where R is the radius of the circle.

Solve for the diameter of a circle where the radius is 3.5 in.

$D=\left(2\right)3.5$

Example 2

If the circumference of a circle is known, the formula to calculate the diameter is:

$D=\frac{C}{\pi }$

Where C is the circumference of the circle and π is a constant value, which is approximately equal to 3.14

Solve for the diameter of a circle where the circumference is 24 in.

$D=\frac{24}{\pi }$

Example 3

If the area of the circle is known, the formula to compute the diameter of a circle is:

$D=\sqrt{\frac{4A}{\pi }}$

Where A is the area of the circle

Solve for the diameter of a circle where the area of the circle is 100 cm.

$D=\sqrt{\frac{4\left(100\right)}{\pi }}$

$D=\sqrt{\frac{400}{\pi }}$

$D=\sqrt{127.39}$

## Practice using the diameter formula

a. Solve for the diameter of a circle where the radius of the circle is 15 cm.

$D=2\left(15\right)$

b. Solve for the diameter of a circle where the circumference of the circle is 40 in.

$D=\frac{40}{\pi }$

c. Solve for the diameter of a circle where the area of the circle is 85 cm.

$D=\sqrt{\frac{4\left(85\right)}{\pi }}$

$D=\sqrt{\frac{340}{\pi }}$

$D=\sqrt{108.28}$

d. Solve for the diameter of a circle where the circumference of the circle is 180 in.

$D=\frac{180}{\pi }$

e. Solve for the diameter of a circle where the area of the circle is 20 cm.

$D=\sqrt{\frac{4\left(20\right)}{\pi }}$

$D=\sqrt{\frac{80}{\pi }}$

$D=\sqrt{25.48}$

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π (Pi)

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