# Circumference of a circle (perimeter of a circle)

The circumference of a circle is its boundary line or perimeter.

Given a circle's radius, diameter or area, you can easily work out the length of the circumference.

## Circumference of circle from radius of circle

where

- C = circumference of circle
- π = pi
- r = radius of circle

So if r = 8cm (centimeters), C = 2π x 8 = 50.3 cm to 1 d.p. (one decimal place).

*On your calculator, press 2, multiply sign (x), pi sign (**π), multiply sign (x), 8, equals sign (=) to give 50.26548246 = 50.3 to 1 d.p. - you may need to press a shift or 2nd function button to access **π*

What about the circumference C of a circle with radius r = 11m (meters)?

*C = 2π x 11 = 69.12m to 2 d.p. (two decimal places).*

*Grab your calculator again and enter 2, multiply sign (x), pi sign** (π)*, multiply sign (x), 11, equals sign (=). The display should show 69.11503838 which is 69.12 to 2 d.p.

## Circumference of circle from diameter of circle

- C = circumference of circle
- π = pi
- d = diameter of circle

First let's consider a circle with diameter d = 2.5cm

**Circumference of circle C = ****π x 2.5 = 7.9cm to 1 d.p.**

*Your calculator key strokes are pi sign (**π), multiply sign (x), 2.5, equals sign (=). The display should show 7.853981634 = 7.9 to 1 d.p.*

Next what's the circumference C of a circle with diameter d = 50m?

**C = ****π x 50 = 157.08m to 2 d.p.**

*Press the pi sign (**π) on your calculator, followed by the multiply sign (x), enter 50, then press the equals sign (=). 157.0796327 should be displayed which is 157.08 to 2 d.p.*

## Circumference of circle from area of circle

- C = circumference of circle
- π = pi
- √ = square root

- A = area of circle

Say the area A of a circle is 100c*m² (square centimeters)*, then its circumference C = 2π √ (100/π) = 35.4cm to 1 d.p.

*Use the left and right bracket signs on your calculator*

*Enter carefully left bracket sign, 100, divide sign (÷), pi sign (**π), right bracket sign, square root sign (**√), multiply sign (x), 2, multiply sign (x), pi sign (**π*), equals sign (=) to give 35.44907702 = 35.4 to 1 d.p.

And if the area A's 11*m² (square meters)?*

Circumference C = 2π √ (11/π) = 11.76m to 2 d.p.

*The
key strokes on your calculator are the same except enter 11 instead of 100. The display should show 11.75712876 which is
11.76 to 2 d.p.*

## Let's 'round' off circumference of a circle!

Hopefully, having worked through the above examples, you now feel confident about calculating the circumference of a circle.

Check out in more detail the radius, diameter and area of a circle.

For more on the circle click:

Radius of a circle

Diameter of a circle

Area of a circle

Pi (π)

Back to top

Home
›
Circumference of a circle