Circles and Polygons
Inscription and Circumscription
Certain geometric figures are created by combining circles with other geometric figures, such as polygons. There are two simple ways to unite a circle with a polygon. One is inscription, and the other is circumscription.
When a polygon is inscribed in a circle, it means that each of the vertices of that polygon intersects the circle. When a polygon is circumscribed about a circle, it means that each of the sides of the polygon is tangent to the circle. Below these situations are pictured.
One more brief topic to introduce is concentric circles. Concentric circles are circles that have the same center. Just because a circle is inside another circle doesn't mean they are concentric; they must have the same point as their center. Any number of circles can be concentric to one another, provided that they all share a center. Below a few are pictured.