Length of an arc

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Example – 01:

  • Find the length of the arc of circle of diameter 10 cm, if the arc is subtending an angle of 36° at the centre.
  • Given: Diameter = 10 cm, radius = r = 10/2 = 5 cm, angle subtended = 36° = 36 x π/180 = (π//5)c
  • To Find: Length of arc = S = ?
  • Solution:

length of arc is given by

S = r θ  = 5 x π//5 = π cm

Ans: The length of arc is π cm

Example – 02:

  • Find the length of the arc of circle which subtends an angle of 108° at the centre, if theradius of circle is 15 cm.
  • Given: radius = r = 15 cm, angle subtended = 108° = 108 x π/180 = (3π//5)c
  • To Find: Length of arc = S = ?
  • Solution:

length of arc is given by



S = r θ  = 15 x 3π//5 = 9π cm

Ans: The length of arc is 9π cm

Example – 03:

  • The radius of circle is 9 cm. Find the length of an arc of this circle which cuts off a chord of length equal to the length of radius.
  • Given: radius = r = 9 cm, length of chord = r
  • To Find: Length of arc = S = ?
  • Solution:

Thus ΔOAB is equilateral triangle



angle subtended = 60° = 60 x π/180 = (π//3)c

length of arc is given by

S = r θ  = 9 x π//3 = 3π cm

Ans: The length of arc is 3π cm

Example – 04:

  • In a circle of diameter 40 cm, the length of chord is 20 cm. Find the length  of minor arch of the chord.
  • Given: diameter = 4o cm, radius = r = 20 cm, length of chord = 20 cm
  • To Find: Length of arc = S = ?
  • Solution:



Thus ΔOAB is equilateral triangle

angle subtended = 60° = 60 x π/180 = (π//3)c

length of arc is given by

S = r θ  = 20 x π//3 = 20π/3 cm

Ans: The length of minor arc is 20π/3 cm



Example – 05:

  • A pendulum of 14 cm long oscillates through an angle of 18°. Find the length of the path described by its extremity..
  • Given: radius = r = 14 cm, angle subtended = 18° = 18 x π/180 = (π//10)c
  • To Find: Length of arc = S = ?
  • Solution:

Length of path i.e. length of arc is given by

S = r θ  = 14 x π/10 = 1.4π cm

Ans: The length of arc is 1.4π cm

Example – 06:

  • Find in radians and degrees the angle subtended at the centre of a circle by an arc whose length is 15 cm, if the radius of circle is 25 cm.
  • Given: radius = r = 25 cm, Length of arc = 15 cm
  • To Find: angle subtended at the centre = θ = ?
  • Solution:

length of arc is given by

S = r θ



∴  θ = S/r = 15/25 = (3/5)c

  (3/5)= (3/5) x (180/π) = (108/π)°

Ans: The angle subtended at the centre is (3/5)or (108/π)°

Example – 07:

  • Find the radius of the circle in which a central angle of 60° intercepts an arc of length 37.4 cm. Take ( π = 22/7)
  • Given: Length of arc = S = 37.4 cm, angle subtended = 60° = 60 x π/180 = (π//3)c
  • To Find: Length of arc = S = ?
  • Solution:

Length of path i.e. length of arc is given by



S = r θ

∴   r =S/θ = 37.4/(π//3) = (37.4 x 3) / (22/7)

∴   r = (37.4 x 3 x 7) / 22 = 35.7

Ans: The length of arc is 35.7 cm

Example – 08:

  • A wire of length 10 cm is bent so as to form an arc of a circle of radius 4 cm. What is the angle subtended at the centre in degrees.
  • Given: radius = r = 4 cm, length of wire = length of arc = 10 cm
  • To Find: angle subtended at the centre = θ = ?
  • Solution:

length of arc is given by

S = r θ



∴  θ = S/r = 10/4 = (2.5)c

  (2.5)= (2.5) x (180/π) = (450/π)°

Ans: The angle subtended at the centre is (2.5)or (450/π)°

Example – 09:

  • Δ PQR is an equilateral triangle with side 18 cm. A circle is drawn on segment QR as diameter. Find the length of the arc of this circle intercepted within the triangle.
  • Given: Side of equilateral triangle = 18 cm, radius = 18/2 = 9 cm
  • To Find: length of the arc of circle intercepted = S = ?
  • Solution:

Length of arc



As Δ PQR is equilateral triangle, its each angle is 60°

Hence the triangles Δ QOE and Δ ROD are also equilateral triangles

∠ EOQ = ∠ ROD = 60°

EOD = 60° =  θ

length of arc is given by

S = r θ  = 9 x π//3 = 3π cm



Ans: The length of arc is 3π cm

Example – 10:

  • Two arcs of the same length subtends angle 60° and 75° at the centres of the circles. What is the ratio of the radii of the two circles.
  • Given: Angles subtended, θ1 = 60° and θ2 = 75°
  • To Find: Ratio of radii = r1/r2 = ?
  • Solution:

length of arc is given by S = r θ

For the first arc S1 = r1θ1  ………. (1)

For the second arc S2 = r2θ2  ………. (2)

Now length of two arcs is the same

S1 = S2

∴  r1θ1 =  r2θ2

∴  r1/r2 =  θ2/ θ1

∴  r1/r2 =  75°/ 60° = 5/4

Ans: The ratio of radii is 5:4

Example – 11:

  • Two arcs of the same length subtends angle 65° and 110° at the centres of the circles. What is the ratio of the radii of the two circles.
  • Given: Angles subtended, θ1 = 65° and θ2 = 110°
  • To Find: Ratio of radii = r1/r2 = ?
  • Solution:

length of arc is given by S = r θ

For the first arc S1 = r1θ1  ………. (1)

For the second arc S2 = r2θ2  ………. (2)

Now length of two arcs is the same

S1 = S2

∴  r1θ1 =  r2θ2

∴  r1/r2 =  θ2/ θ1

∴  r1/r2 =  110°/ 65° = 22/13

Ans: The ratio of radii is 22:13

Example – 12:

  • A train is running on a circular track of radius 1 km at the rate of 36 km per hour. Find the angle to the nearest minute, through which it will turn in 30 seconds.
  • Given: Radius of the arc = r = 1 km = 1000 m, Speed of train = v = 36 km per hour = 36 x 1000/3600 = 10 m/s, time taken = t = 30 s.
  • To Find: Angle through which the train turns = θ = ?
  • Solution:

Distance covered by train  i.e. length of arc =  speed x time = 10 x 30 = 300 m

S = r θ

∴  θ = S/r = 300/1000 = (0.3)c

 ∴  θ = (0.3)= (0.3) x (180/π) = (54/3.142)° = 17.19°

∴  θ = 17° + 0.19° = 17° + 0.19 x 60′ = 17° + 11′ = 17°,11′

Ans: The train will turn through 17°,11′

Example – 13:

  • A train is running on a circular track of radius 1500 m at the rate of 66 km per hour. Find the angle to the in radian, through which it will turn in 10 seconds.
  • Given: Radius of the arc = r = 1500 m, Speed of train = v = 66 km per hour = 66 x 1000/3600 = 55/3 m/s, time taken = t = 10 s.
  • To Find: Angle through which the train turns = θ = ?
  • Solution:

Distance covered by train  i.e. length of arc =  speed x time = (55/3) x 10 = 550/3 m

S = r θ

∴  θ = S/r = (550/3)/1500 = 550/4500 = (11/90)c

Ans: The train will turn through (11/90)c

Example – 14:

  • A horse is tied to a post by a rope. If the horse moves along a circular path, always keeping the rope tight and describes 88 m when it traces an angle of 72° at the centre, find the length of the rope. Take π = 22/7.
  • Given: central angle = θ = 72° = 72 x π/180 = (2π/5)c, arc length = S = 88 m
  • To Find: Length of rope = r = ?

S = r θ

∴  r = S/θ = 88/(2π/5) = 220/π = 220 x 7/22 = 70 m

Ans: The length of rope is 70 m.

Example – 15:

  • If the perimeter of a sector of a circle is four times the radius of the circle, find the central angle of corresponding sector in radians.
  • Given:  Perimeter = 4 x radius = 4r
  • To find: Central angle = θ = ?

Perimeter of sector = r + r + s = 4r

∴ 2r + r θ = 4r

∴ r θ = 2r

∴   θ = 2c

Ans: The central angle  is 2c

 

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