# secant

## Relationship Between Central Angle and Inscribed Angle

Central angle = Angle subtended by an arc of the circle from the center of the circle.

Inscribed angle = Angle subtended by an arc of the circle from any point on the circumference of the circle. Also called *circumferential angle* and *peripheral angle*.

Figure below shows a central angle and inscribed angle intercepting the same arc AB. The relationship between the two is given by

$\alpha = 2\theta \, \text{ or } \, \theta = \frac{1}{2}\alpha$

if and only if both angles intercepted the same arc. In the figure below, θ and α intercepted the same arc AB.

## The Circle

The following are short descriptions of the circle shown below.

Secant - is a line that would pass through two points on the circle.

Chord - is a secant that would terminate on the circle itself.

Diameter, d - is a chord that passes through the center of the circle.

Radius, r - is one-half of the diameter.

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