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# Arc Length!

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Hello! Let's say we have an arc, and its measure is 36 degrees. If we know that one side length is 10 units what is the perimeter of the arc?

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Can we use that 36 degrees is 1/10 of 360?

Dec 2, 2018
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Ant....I assume that we have a decagon [ regular polygon of 10 sides ]  inscribed in a circle??......if so....

The radius, r, of the circle can be found as

r / sin 72 = 10/ sin 36

r = 10sin72 / sin 36 =    5 (1 + √5 )

So....the perimeter of the arc   [ arc length of 1/10 of the circle ] is

2pi r / 10 =

2pi [ 5 ( 1 + √5)]  / 10    =    pi *  (1 + √5) units  ≈ 10.17 units   Dec 2, 2018
edited by CPhill  Dec 2, 2018
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Thanks, CPhill! But, it was a regular arc in a circle.

ant101  Dec 2, 2018
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ant101  Dec 2, 2018
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Arc length =  arc length of whole circle * (36/360) =

2pi (10) * (1/10 ) =

2pi  units ≈  6.28 units   CPhill  Dec 2, 2018
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Thank you, CPhill! So, the perimeter is 10+10+6.28=26.28 units?

ant101  Dec 2, 2018
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Thanks CPhill, since you are not here, and ant101 has asked for clarifictaion, I will add my input.

Hi Ant101 There are 360 degrees in a circle

so 36 degrees is one tenth of a circle and the radius of your circle is 10

so    the arc length is    $$\text{one tenth }*\pi*10^2 = 0.1*\pi*100=10\pi$$

NOW, your question is worded incorrectly and technically it does not make sense.

An arc is a part of a circle's circumference and it does not have a perimeter because it is not a closed curve.

An arc has a length, which I have alredy found for you.

I think you are actually asking for the perimeter of the sector.

A sector is a part of a circle which includes 2 radii and the arc between them.

For instance, when you cut a cake you usually cut it into sectors.

so

The perimeter of the sector is       $$10\pi+10+10 = 20+10\pi\;\;units$$

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My answer is very different from CPhill's.  This is because the question is worded incorrectly and he interpreted its meaning very differently from me.

Melody  Dec 2, 2018
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Ah...I see....Ant wanted the perimeter of the sector.....!!!

This should be

Sum of radii + arc we found

10 + 10 + 2pi = [20 + 2pi ] =  26.28 units

And you are correct, Ant....   CPhill  Dec 2, 2018
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I think you made a slight error, Melody

You computed (1/10) of the area of the circle...not (1/10) of the circumference   CPhill  Dec 2, 2018
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Thank you, CPhill! I should have worded that correctly!

ant101  Dec 2, 2018
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Ah, I made a mistake. It's a sector, sorry.

ant101  Dec 2, 2018
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Thanks Chris, you are right of course, I found area instead of perimeter, silly me.

Melody  Dec 2, 2018
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No big deal.....Melody sussed it out ....   CPhill  Dec 2, 2018