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Equation of a circle when Centre coincides with the origin


$x^2 + y^2 = r^2$


Consider a circle in two dimensional space and centre of the circle coincides with the origin of the two dimensional Cartesian coordinate system. It is assumed that the radius of the circle is $r$. Consider a point $P$ on the circumference of the circle and its coordinates are $x$ and $y$. Therefore, the point is $P (x, y)$.

centre of circle coincides with the origin

Connect centre of the circle with point $P$ by a line. Draw a line from point $P$ and it should be parallel to $y$-axis and perpendicular to $x$-axis. The drawn line intersects the $x$-axis at point $Q$. The geometric process formed a right angled triangle $PCQ$.

As per right angled triangle $PCQ$

  1. Length of the opposite side is $PQ = y$
  2. Length of the adjacent side is $CQ = x$
  3. Length of the hypotenuse $CP = r$

According to Pythagorean Theorem, the sides of $\Delta PCQ$ is expressed as follows.

${CP}^2 = {CQ}^2 + {PQ}^2$

$\implies r^2 = x^2 + y^2$

$\therefore \,\,\,\,\, x^2 + y^2 = r^2$

It is a circle’s equation in algebraic form when the centre of the circle coincides with the origin of the coordinate system.

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