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Circle equations of centre (0,0). Examples include draw the graph of x^2 + y^2 = 9.

Updated on May 17, 2011


The equation of a circle that has its centre as the origin (0,0), has the equation:

x² + y² = r²

(r stands for

the radius of the circle)

Drawing this graph is actually quite simple to do:

1) First, square root the number on the right hand side of the equation as this will give you the radius of the circle.

2) Next, open your compass to this radius you have just worked out and draw your circle from the centre of the coordinate grid.

Example 1

Draw the graph of x² + y² = 9

Since the equation starts off with x² + y² you know that its a circle with centre (0,0). Now, follow the two steps above:

1) First, square root the number on the right hand side of the equation as this will give you the radius of the circle.

√9 = 3.

So the circle has a radius of 3.

2) Open your compass to 3 units and draw your circle (shown above).

Example 2

Draw the graph of x² + y² = 9²

Since the equation starts off with x² + y² you know that its a circle with centre (0,0). Now, follow the two steps above:

1) First, square root the number on the right hand side of the equation as this will give you the radius of the circle.

√(9²) = √81 = 9.

So the circle has a radius of 9.

2) Open your compass to 9 units and draw your circle (shown below)

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    Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

    Nice hub chap, another great maths lesson sir!

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