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Common Core Math

High School Geometry Teaching and Learning Resources

Domain: C: Circles

Common Core Math

Select the cluster for resources on this page:

  • C-A: Understand and apply theorems about circles

  • C-B: Find arc lengths and areas of sectors of circles

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C-A: Understand and apply theorems about circles

Standards:

  • C-A.1. Prove that all circles are similar.
  • C-A.2. 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.
  • C-A.3. Construct the inscribed and circumscribed circles of a triangle, and prove properties of angles for a quadrilateral inscribed in a circle.
  • C-A.4. (+) Construct a tangent line from a point outside a given circle to the circle.

 

Technology-enhanced investigations:

Mathwords.com: Math Dictionary: Key vocabulary for this domain.  Use with C-A and C-B:

Circle Central Angle Secant Line Sector
Radius Inscribed Angle Circumscribed Circle Arc of a Circle
Chord Circumscribed Angle Inscribed Circle Segment of a Circle
Diameter Tangent Line Radian

 

CK-12:Geometry: concepts, videos, and practice exercises for learners to complete: Use with C-A.2.

Khan Academy: Geometry: Circles:

Khan Academy: Geometric Constructions, Tutorial videos:

LearnZillion:

MathWarehouse: Geometry: Circles, arcs, chords, tangents: Interactive and exploratory activities with manipulatives.  Central angles and inscribed angles are also included.  Use with C-A.2.

MathsIsFun.com: Constructions: This is a series of 17 animated geometric constructions, which learners would do with a compass, pencil, and straightedge only.  Among those are circle constructions to find a center, tangent lines from an external point, inscribed and circumscribed circles for triangles, circle touching three points, and a pentagon construction.  Aligns with C-A.3 and C-A.4.

Math Open Reference: Constructions: The site provides step-by-step animations of constructions with compass and straightedge.  The list is comprehensive for lines, line segments, angles, triangles, circles, arcs, ellipses, polygons, and non-Euclidean constructions.  The following align with C-A.3 and C-A.4:

McDougal Littell ClassZone, Geometry, 2011: Select resources in Ch. 10 Properties of Circles for interactive practice: Animations (Virtual manipulatives), Games/Vocabulary Flashcards, and PowerPoint lesson examples, and interactive problems within the eWorkbook. Use with C-A.

NCTM Illuminations:

  • Power of Points: Lesson: Learners investigate the Power of Points Theorem via its application to soccer.  The theorem has three cases: "the intersection of two chords, the intersection of two secants, and the intersection of a tangent and a secant. These three cases are typically presented as three separate theorems in most secondary geometry textbooks. This lesson presents these cases within one theorem so that students may view the cases as one unified concept."  They use the theorem to solve numeric problems.  An applet is included.  Aligns with C-A.2.
  • Half Angle: This applet allows you to find the incenter of a triangle, and provides a visual explanation of why it occurs where it does.

Thinking Mathematics: Tangent Theorems for Circles via Pythagoras: A YouTube video on two results from the geometry of circles that are easily proven using Pythagoras’ theorem.

Walter Fendt: Math Applets: Learners can manipulate the size of the triangle in the applets, and then are shown the step by step geometric construction of the following: Use with C-A.3.

Wolfram Demonstrations Project: Download the free Wolfram CDF player to interact with the following manipulatives.  Note: Within the Wolfram Demonstration Project are 21 manipulatives addressing C-A.2, 10 manipulatives for C-A.3, and 1 manipulative for C-A.4.  Among those:

 

Multiple Choice:

Khan Academy: Practice questions with videos.

MathsIsFun.com: Circle Theorems: Content reviews inscribed angle theorems, angles in quadrilaterals inscribed in circles, the 90 degree angle between a tangent line and the radius drawn to the point of tangency.  Examples are shown.  Learners then complete 10 multiple choice problems on those theorems.  Aligns with C-A.2 and C-A.3.

Glencoe Online Learning Center, Geometry (2010) self-check quizzes:

McDougal Littell ClassZone, Geometry, 2011: Use with C-A.2:

OpenEd:

  • Circle similarity: 5 questions combine multiple choice and free response.  Includes related review resources.  Aligns with C-A.1.
  • Inscribed angles: 10 questions combine multiple choice and free response.  Includes related review resources.  Aligns with C-A.2.
  • Tangents to a circle: 9 questions combine multiple choice and free response.  Includes related review resources.  Aligns with C-A.4.

Constructed-response:

Khan Academy: Geometry: Circles: Practice questions with videos.

OpenEd:

  • Circle theorems: 5 questions that combine free response and multiple choice.  Includes related review resources.  Aligns with C-A.2.
  • Properties of Angles in Circles: 5 questions that combine free response and multiple choice.  Includes related review resources.  Aligns with C-A.3.

Performance tasks:

Illustrative Mathematics:

Inside Mathematics: MARS Tasks:

  • Circle and Squares: Students calculate sides of squares given the radius of the inscribed and circumscribed circle and calculate ratios of nested circles and squares.  This task aligns with standards C-A.2 and C-A.3.
  • Circles in Triangles: Students use geometric properties of circles and triangles to prove that two triangles are congruent.  This task aligns with geometry congruence standards CO-C.9 and CO-C.10 and geometry circle standards C-A.2 and C-A.3.

Mathematics Assessment Project: Standards: High School: Geometry: http://map.mathshell.org/stds.php?standardid=1367

Math Forum: Geometry PoW Packet: Broken Pottery.  In this activity, "students develop a method to determine the diameter of a circular plate when given a “sherd” of that plate (a pottery remnant). Key concepts include segment relationships in circles."  The packet includes a copy of the problem, an "answer check," solutions, teaching suggestions, and samples of student work.  Aligns with C-A.2.

Mathematics Vision Project, Secondary 2 Student Edition:

 

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C-B: Find arc lengths and areas of sectors of circles

Standards:

  • C-B.5. 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.

 

Technology-enhanced investigations:

CK-12: Geometry: Arcs in Circles: concepts, videos, and practice problems for learners to complete.

McDougal Littell ClassZone, Geometry, 2011: Select resources in Ch. 11 Measuring Length and Area for interactive practice: Animations (Virtual manipulatives include using arc length and areas of sectors and circles), Games/Vocabulary Flashcards, and PowerPoint lesson examples, and interactive problems within the eWorkbook. Use with C-B.

Thinking Mathematics: Radian Measure: A YouTube video with explanation of the radian measure.

Wolfram Demonstrations Project: Download the free Wolfram CDF player to interact with the following manipulatives.  Note: Within the Wolfram Demonstration Project are 10 manipulatives for C-B.5.  Among those:

Multiple-choice:

MathsIsFun.com: Circle Sector and Segment: Content reviews arc length and area of a sector showing how formulas are derived.  It also includes how to find the area of a segment.  Learners can complete 10 multiple choice problems.  Use with C-B.

Glencoe Online Learning Center, Geometry (2010) self-check quizzes: Ch. 11, Lesson 3: Areas of Circles and Sectors.  Use with C-B.

McDougal Littell ClassZone, Geometry, 2011: Use with C-B:

Constructed-response:

Khan Academy: Geometry: Circles Practice questions with videos.

  • Arc measures in degrees: Aligns with C-B.5.
  • Arc Length: Relate the length of the arc to the circumference and the central angle subtended by the arc in degrees.  Aligns with C-B.5.
  • Radians and Degrees: Convert angle measures from degrees to radians and vice versa.  Aligns with C-B.5.
  • Radians and Arc Length: Solve problems related to radians and arc length, like finding an arc length given a central angle in radians and a radius.
  • Area of a sector: Relate the area of a sector to the area of the whole circle.  Aligns with C-B.5.

OpenEd: Arcs, sectors, and radian measure: 5 questions combine free response and multiple choice.  Includes related review resources.  Aligns with C-B.5.

Performance tasks:

Illustrative Mathematics: Setting up sprinklers: This task aligns with standards in C-B.

Mathematics Assessment Project: Standards: High School: Geometry: http://map.mathshell.org/stds.php?standardid=1367 Task 441: Sectors of Circles

Mathematics Vision Project, Secondary 2 Student Edition:

 

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