300px, The minor sector is shaded in green while the major sector is shaded white. A circular sector or circle sector (symbol: ⌔), is the portion of a
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enclosed by two
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and an arc, where the smaller
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is known as the minor sector and the larger being the major sector. In the diagram, θ is the
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central angle
, r the radius of the circle, and L is the arc length of the minor sector. A sector with the central angle of 180° is called a half-disk and is bounded by a
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and a
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. Sectors with other central angles are sometimes given special names, these include quadrants (90°), sextants (60°) and octants (45°), which come from the sector being one 4th, 6th or 8th part of a full circle, respectively. Confusingly, the arc of a quadrant can also be termed a quadrant. The angle formed by connecting the endpoints of the arc to any point on the circumference that is not in the sector is equal to half the central angle.


The total area of a circle is ''r''. The area of the sector can be obtained by multiplying the circle's area by the ratio of the angle θ (expressed in radians) and 2 (because the area of the sector is directly proportional to its angle, and 2 is the angle for the whole circle, in radians): :A = \pi r^2\, \frac = \frac The area of a sector in terms of ''L'' can be obtained by multiplying the total area ''r'' by the ratio of ''L'' to the total perimeter 2''r''. :A = \pi r^2\, \frac = \frac Another approach is to consider this area as the result of the following integral: :A = \int_0^\theta\int_0^r dS = \int_0^\theta\int_0^r \tilde\, d\tilde\, d\tilde = \int_0^\theta \frac12 r^2\, d\tilde = \frac Converting the central angle into degrees gives :A = \pi r^2 \frac


The length of the
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of a sector is the sum of the arc length and the two radii: :P = L + 2r = \theta r + 2r = r (\theta + 2) where ''θ'' is in radians.

Arc length

The formula for the length of an arc is: : L = r \theta where L represents the arc length, r represents the radius of the circle and θ represents the angle in radians made by the arc at the centre of the circle.Wicks, A., ''Mathematics Standard Level for the International Baccalaureate'' ( West Conshohocken, PA: Infinity, 2005)
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If the value of angle is given in degrees, then we can also use the following formula by: :L = 2 \pi r \frac

Chord length

The length of a chord formed with the extremal points of the arc is given by :C = 2R\sin\frac where C represents the chord length, R represents the radius of the circle, and θ represents the angular width of the sector in radians.

See also

*Circular segment – the part of the sector which remains after removing the triangle formed by the center of the circle and the two endpoints of the circular arc on the boundary. *Conic section




*Gerard, L. J. V., ''The Elements of Geometry, in Eight Books; or, First Step in Applied Logic'' (London, Longman, Longmans, Green, Reader and Dyer, 1874)
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*Adrien-Marie Legendre, Legendre, A. M., ''Elements of Geometry and Trigonometry'', Charles Davies (professor), Charles Davies, ed. (New York: Alfred Smith Barnes#A. S. Barnes & Co., A. S. Barnes & Co., 1858)
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