Part of the circumference of a circle.
Or part of any curve.
See an arc in action (drag the points):
The arc length is:
L = θ × r (when θ is in radians)
L = θ × π180 × r (when θ is in degrees)
Finding the Radius from Width and Height
Say you know the width and height of an arc (maybe it is on the top of a door) and you want to make that arc using some string and a pencil ... what radius do you use?
radius = height 2 + width28 × height
Example: Sam loves this double door, and wants to make one just like it.
The door width is 1500mm, the side height is 1950mm and total height at center is 2200mm, so:
- The arc width is 1500mm
- The arc height is 2200 − 1950 = 250mm
Sam calculates the arc radius
radius = 250 2 + 150028 × 250
radius = 125 + 1125 = 1250
And it looks like this:
Now Sam can mark out and cut the wood.
Note: the formula comes from the Intersecting Chords Theorem, so h(2r-h) = (w/2)(w/2), can you work out the rest?