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Ch 4: Common Core HS Geometry: Circles

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Use this chapter on circles to help students meet common core high school geometry standards. Get tips on how to incorporate these video lessons and quizzes into your classroom curriculum.

Standard: Prove that all circles are similar. (CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-C.A.1)

Standard: Identify and describe relationships among inscribed angles, radii, and chords. Include the relationship between central, inscribed, and circumscribed angles; inscribed angles on a diameter are right angles; the radius of a circle is perpendicular to the tangent where the radius intersects the circle. (CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-C.A.2)

Standard: Construct the inscribed and circumscribed circles of a triangle, and prove properties of angles for a quadrilateral inscribed in a circle. (CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-C.A.3)

Standard: Construct a tangent line from a point outside a given circle to the circle. (CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-C.A.4)

Standard: Derive using similarity the fact that the length of the arc intercepted by an angle is proportional to the radius, and define the radian measure of the angle as the constant of proportionality; derive the formula for the area of a sector. (CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-C.B.5)

Standard: Derive the equation of a circle of the given center and radius using the Pythagorean Theorem; complete the square to find the center and radius of a circle given by an equation. (CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-GPE.A.1)

About This Chapter

An understanding of circles enables students to apply theorems to find the center and radius and derive equations regarding circles. Students who master these concepts will be able to find arc lengths and areas of sectors and circles. They can to prove various properties of circles, including that all circles are similar.

The lessons in this standard cover these topics:

  • Proving the similarity of all circles
  • Identifying and describing the relationships among inscribed angles, radii and chords
  • Constructing the inscribed and circumscribed circles of a triangle, and proving properties of angles for a quadrilateral inscribed in a circle
  • Constructing a tangent line from a point outside a given circle to the circle
  • Deriving through the use of similarity the fact that the length of an arc intercepted by an angle is proportional to the radius and defining the radian measure as the constant of proportionality; deriving the formula for the area of a sector
  • Deriving the equation of a circle of given center and radius using the Pythagorean Theorem; completing the square to find the center and radius of a circle given by an equation

Students can demonstrate their mastery of this standard by being able to prove the similarity of all circles and derive equations relating to circles. The standard and these lessons can prepare students for college and possible careers in many fields such as engineering, architecture and astronomy.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

The following are some tips on how you can incorporate these lessons on circles into your curriculum to help meet the common core standards:

Pre-Quiz and Post-Quiz Lessons

Ask the students to take the quiz found with the Finding the Center and Radius of a Circle by Completing the Square lesson. Watch the lesson together as a class and discuss it. Have the students take the quiz again and go over their answers to assess their understanding.

Completing the Square

Have the students view the lesson on How to Complete the Square as a homework assignment. In class, review this topic's practice lesson as a group.

Inscribed Angles, Radii and Chords

Give paper plates to the students and ask them to determine the center point. Have them draw lines depicting radii and chords. Some chords should pass through the center and others should not. Ask them to measure the various lines and note any relationships they observe.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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