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In classical , a radius of a or is any of the from its center to its , and in more modern usage, it is also their length. The name comes from the radius, meaning ray but also the spoke of a chariot wheel. Definition of Radius at dictionary.reference.com. Accessed on 2009-08-08. The plural of radius can be either radii (from the Latin plural) or the conventional English plural radiuses. The typical abbreviation and mathematical variable name for radius is r. By extension, the d is defined as twice the radius: Definition of radius at mathwords.com. Accessed on 2009-08-08.

d \doteq 2r \quad \Rightarrow \quad r = \frac d 2.

If an object does not have a center, the term may refer to its circumradius, the radius of its circumscribed circle or circumscribed sphere. In either case, the radius may be more than half the diameter, which is usually defined as the maximum distance between any two points of the figure. The of a geometric figure is usually the radius of the largest circle or sphere contained in it. The inner radius of a ring, tube or other hollow object is the radius of its cavity.

For , the radius is the same as its circumradius.Barnett Rich, Christopher Thomas (2008), Schaum's Outline of Geometry, 4th edition, 326 pages. McGraw-Hill Professional. , . Online version accessed on 2009-08-08. The inradius of a regular polygon is also called . In , the radius of a graph is the minimum over all vertices u of the maximum distance from u to any other vertex of the graph.Jonathan L. Gross, Jay Yellen (2006), Graph theory and its applications. 2nd edition, 779 pages; CRC Press. , 9781584885054. Online version accessed on 2009-08-08.

The radius of the circle with () C is

r = \frac C {2\pi}.


Formula
For many geometric figures, the radius has a well-defined relationship with other measures of the figure.


Circles
The radius of a circle with is
r = \sqrt{\frac{A}{\pi}}.

The radius of the circle that passes through the three non- points , , and is given by

r=\frac
{2\sin\theta},

where is the angle . This formula uses the law of sines. If the three points are given by their coordinates , , and , the radius can be expressed as

r = \frac {\sqrt{(x_2 (x_2 (x_3} }{ 2| x_1 y_2 + x_2 y_3 + x_3 y_1 - x_1 y_3 - x_2 y_1 - x_3 y_2| }.


Regular polygons
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The radius of a regular polygon with sides of length is given by , where R_n = 1\left/\left(2 \sin \frac\pi n \right)\right. . Values of for small values of are given in the table. If then these values are also the radii of the corresponding regular polygons.


Hypercubes
The radius of a d-dimensional with side s is
r = \frac{s}{2}\sqrt{d}.


Use in coordinate systems

Polar coordinates
The polar coordinate system is a two- coordinate system in which each point on a plane is determined by a from a fixed point and an from a fixed direction.

The fixed point (analogous to the origin of a Cartesian system) is called the pole, and the ray from the pole in the fixed direction is the polar axis. The distance from the pole is called the radial coordinate or radius, and the angle is the angular coordinate, polar angle, or .

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Cylindrical coordinates
In the cylindrical coordinate system, there is a chosen reference axis and a chosen reference plane perpendicular to that axis. The origin of the system is the point where all three coordinates can be given as zero. This is the intersection between the reference plane and the axis.

The axis is variously called the cylindrical or longitudinal axis, to differentiate it from the polar axis, which is the ray that lies in the reference plane, starting at the origin and pointing in the reference direction.

The distance from the axis may be called the radial distance or radius, while the angular coordinate is sometimes referred to as the angular position or as the azimuth. The radius and the azimuth are together called the polar coordinates, as they correspond to a two-dimensional polar coordinate system in the plane through the point, parallel to the reference plane. The third coordinate may be called the height or altitude (if the reference plane is considered horizontal), longitudinal position, or axial position. "[...]where r, θ, and z are cylindrical coordinates [...] as a function of axial position[...]"


Spherical coordinates
In a spherical coordinate system, the radius describes the distance of a point from a fixed origin. Its position if further defined by the polar angle measured between the radial direction and a fixed zenith direction, and the azimuth angle, the angle between the orthogonal projection of the radial direction on a reference plane that passes through the origin and is orthogonal to the zenith, and a fixed reference direction in that plane.


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