Illustrative Mathematics Grade 7, Unit 3, Lesson 3: Exploring Circumference

Learning Targets:

  • I can describe the relationship between circumference and diameter of any circle.
  • I can explain what π means.

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Lesson 3: Exploring Circumference

Let’s explore the circumference of circles.

Illustrative Math Unit 7.3, Lesson 3 (printable worksheets)

Lesson 3 Summary

The following diagram shows how to identify the diameter, center, radius, and circumference of a circle.
Exploring Circumference

Lesson 3.1 Which Is Greater?

Clare wonders if the height of the toilet paper tube or the distance around the tube is greater. What information would she need in order to solve the problem? How could she find this out?

Lesson 3.2 Measuring Circumference and Diameter

Coins, cookies, and drinking glasses are some examples of common circular objects.

  1. Explore the applet to find the diameter and the circumference of three circular objects to the nearest tenth of a unit. Record your measurements in the table.
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  2. Plot the diameter and circumference values from the table on the coordinate plane. What do you notice?
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  3. Plot the points from two other groups on the same coordinate plane. Do you see the same pattern that you noticed earlier?

Are you ready for more?

Suppose you had another circular object with a diameter that is half as long as the diameter of your largest circle. What would its circumference be?

  • Show Answer

    Since the circumference and diameter are proportional, the circumference would also be half as long.

Lesson 3.3 Calculating Circumference and Diameter

Here are five circles. One measurement for each circle is given in the table.
Use the constant of proportionality estimated in the previous activity to complete the table.

Are you ready for more?

The circumference of the Earth is approximately 40,000 km. If you made a circle of wire around the globe, that is only 10 meters (0.01 km) longer than the circumference of the globe, could a flea, a mouse, or even a person creep under it?

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    Since there is a slack of 10 meters, it would be more than enough for a person creep under it.

Lesson 3 Practice Problems

  1. Diego measured the diameter and circumference of several circular objects and recorded his measurements in the table.
    One of his measurements is inaccurate. Which measurement is it? Explain how you know.
  2. Complete the table. Use one of the approximate values for π discussed in class (for example 3.14, 22/7, 3.1416). Explain or show your reasoning.
  3. a. Name a segment that is a radius. How long is it?
    b. Name a segment that is a diameter. How long is it?
  4. a. Consider the equation y = 1.5x + 2. Find four pairs of x and y values that make the equation true. Plot the points (x,y) on the coordinate plane.
    b. Based on the graph, can this be a proportional relationship? Why or why not?

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