The circle is the simplest and best known conic section. As a conic section, the circle is the intersection of a plane perpendicular to the cone's axis.

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## EquationsEdit

#### General FormEdit

The general equation for a circle with center and radius is

The radius must be greater than 0. If the radius is zero, the graph is a single point. This is a degenerate case. |

In the simplest case of a circle whose center is at the origin, the equation is simply a restatement of the *Pythagorean Theorem*:

#### General formEdit

The general form of a circle equation is

<-g,-f> is the center of the circle.

#### Polar CoordinatesEdit

In the case of a circle centered at the origin, the polar equation of a circle is very simple because polar coordinates are essentially based on circles. For a circle with radius ,

In the more complicated case of a circle with an arbitrary location, the equation is

where is the distance from the circle's center to the origin and is the angle pointing to the circle.

There are many cases that allow the equation to be simplified. If a point on the circle is touching the origin, its polar equation may consist of a single trig function.

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#### Parametric EquationsEdit

When the circle's equation is parametrized with respect to , the equation becomes

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## ExampleEdit

Find the center and the radius of the following circle: x^{2}+y^{2}+8x-10y+20=0 find by:

x^{2}+y^{2}+8x-10y+20=0

x^{2}+y^{2}+8x-10y= - 20

(x^{2}+8x)+(y^{2}-10y)= - 20__+16__ __+25__ __+16+25__

(x^{2}+8x+16)+(y^{2}-10y+25)=21

(x+4)^{2}+(y-5)^{2}=21

Thus:

C(-4,5) radius=