In geometry, a disk (also spelled disc). is the region in a plane bounded by a circle. A disk is said to be ''closed'' if it contains the circle that constitutes its boundary, and ''open'' if it does not.


In Cartesian coordinates, the ''open disk'' of center (a, b) and radius ''R'' is given by the formula :D=\ while the ''closed disk'' of the same center and radius is given by :\overline=\. The area of a closed or open disk of radius ''R'' is π''R''2 (see area of a disk).


The disk has circular symmetry. The open disk and the closed disk are not topologically equivalent (that is, they are not homeomorphic), as they have different topological properties from each other. For instance, every closed disk is compact whereas every open disk is not compact. However from the viewpoint of algebraic topology they share many properties: both of them are contractible and so are homotopy equivalent to a single point. This implies that their fundamental groups are trivial, and all homology groups are trivial except the 0th one, which is isomorphic to Z. The Euler characteristic of a point (and therefore also that of a closed or open disk) is 1. Every continuous map from the closed disk to itself has at least one fixed point (we don't require the map to be bijective or even surjective); this is the case ''n''=2 of the Brouwer fixed point theorem. The statement is false for the open disk:, Ex. 1, p. 135. Consider for example the function f(x,y)=\left(\frac,y\right) which maps every point of the open unit disk to another point on the open unit disk to the right of the given one. But for the closed unit disk it fixes every point on the half circle x^2 + y^2 = 1 , x >0 .

See also

*Unit disk, a disk with radius one *Annulus (mathematics), the region between two concentric circles *Ball (mathematics), the usual term for the 3-dimensional analogue of a disk *Disk algebra, a space of functions on a disk *Orthocentroidal disk, containing certain centers of a triangle


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