Class 9 Maths Circles Minor & Major Arc

Minor & Major Arc

Piece of circle between two points is called Arc.

In the figure shown, notice that there are 2 pieces formed using points P & Q. One piece is smaller in Size & is in RED color, while the other piece is bigger in Size & is in BLUE color. Longer Arc is called Major arc & shorter arc is called Minor Arc.

 

When P and Q are ends of a diameter, then both arcs are equal and each is called a semicircle.

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