Radian,Arc Length,and Area of a Sector
An angle is formed by two rays that share a common
endpoint called the vertex of the angle. The vertex can
represent a point of rotation in that one ray is the initial side of the angle before rotation and the other ray
forms the terminal side after the rotation.
One principal means of measuring the size of an angle is
using degree measure. An angle formed by the
rotation of a ray through one complete circle measures 360 degrees.
Another principal means of measuring the size of an angle
is using radian measure. Begin with a circle of
radius r and let θ be a central angle, an angle whose vertex is the center of the circle. Let s be the
length of the arc that is intercepted by the angle. The radian measure of θ is given by θ = s/r,
where r and s have the same linear units.
Example 1: A circle has a radius of 9 inches. A central
angle, θ, intercepts an arc of length 36
inches. What is the radian measure of θ ?
Example 2: A circle has a radius of 24 inches. A central
angle, θ, intercepts an arc of length 7
feet. What is the radian measure of θ?
To devise a formula for converting between degree measure
and radian measure consider the right angle
shown in the figure below.
Since θ measures 90° the arc length s is 1/4 the circumference of the circle.
Use the formula for radian measure and substitute for s.
To obtain formulas for converting between degree measure
and radian measure, multiply
both sides of the equation above by 2 180° = π radians.
From the formula above, we see that rasians ( ≈ 0.017 rasian ) and 1radian = 180/π (≈ 57.3°).
To convert from degree measure to radian measure, multiply degrees by π/180°.
To convert from radian measure to degree measure, multiply radians by 180°/π.
Memorize the common angles.
Example 3: If two angles of a triangle have radian
measures 2π/7 and π/9, find the radian measure of
the third angle.
Example 4: Convert the following degree measure to
Example 5: Convert the following degree measure to
Example 6: Convert the following radian measure to
Example 7: Convert the following radian measure to
In a circle of radius r, the arc length s that is
determined by a central angle of radian measure θ is given by the
arc length formula s = rθ. where r and s have the same linear units.
In a circle of radius r, the area A of a sector with
central angle of radian measure θ is given by the
area sector formula
Example 8: Find the radius of a circle if the length of
the intercepted arc by a central angle 4π/3
is 39π/2 inches.
Example 9: Find the sector area determined by a circle that has a radius of 5 cm and central angle 7π/6.
Example 10: A sector of a circle has a central angle 135°
and area Find the radius of the