How to Calculate and Solve for the Angle, Radius and Length of an Arc of a Circle | The Calculator Encyclopedia

The image above represents the length of an arc of a circle.

To compute the length of an arc of a circle, two essential parameters are needed and this parameters are radius of the circle (r) and angle of the circle (α).

The formula for calculating the length of an arc of a circle:

L = απr / 180

Where;
L = Length of an arc of the circle
α = Angle of the circle
r = radius of the circle

Let’s solve an example:
Find the length of an arc of a circle when the angle of the circle is 90° and the radius of the circle is 20 cm.

This implies that;
α = Angle of the circle = 90°
r = Radius of the circle = 20 cm

L = απr / 180
L = 90 x 3.142 x 20 / 180
L = 5655.6 / 180
L = 31.42

Therefore, the length of an arc of the circle is 31.42 cm.

Calculating the Angle of a Circle using the Radius of the Circle and Length of an Arc of the Circle.

α = 180L / πr

Where;
L = Length of an arc of the circle
r = Radius of the circle

Let’s solve an example;
Find the angle of the circle when the length of an arc of the circle is 60° and a radius of 140 cm.

This implies that;
L = Length of an arc of the circle = 60°
r = Radius of the circle = 140 cm

α = 180L / πr
α = 180 x 60 / 3.142 x 140
α = 10800 / 439.88
a = 24.55

Therefore, the angle of the circle is 24.55°.

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