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Geometric expressions for a quarter circle cut at an arbitrary point

  1. Aug 29, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I am after finding general geometric expressions for a quarter-circle that is split into two segments along either its domain or range (they are equal). I.e. Taking the circle shown in Figure 1 and concentrating on the upper right quadrant, I am after expressions for the individual areas (top and bottom) and their respective centroids x1, y1 and x2, y2 (Figure 2) when cut at "c".

    Figure 1:

    Figure 2:

    2. Relevant equations

    Area of circle = ∏r[itex]^{2}[/itex]

    Equation of quarter circle: y(x) = √(x[itex]^{2}[/itex]-r[itex]^{2}[/itex])

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Apart from stating the obvious equations (above) I’m stuck on this problem.

    I have searched my textbooks/google (using general key words) for expressions of this particular case with no luck.

    I have never been strong with deriving expressions from first principals and would appreciate any ideas/push in the right direction. This is a problem directed at self-study, not homework.
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 29, 2013 #2
    If you immagine the other half of the circle you can use the equation:
    where θ is the theoretical angle to create the chord to get your y bar for the top section. Then you can calculate the y bar for the whole quadrant by using the equation:
    Since the average of the top and bottom y bar have to equal the quadrant based on their area you can take the weighted average of the top area and the y bar with the weighted average of the bottom area equaling the total area and the total y bar. From that you can get your y bars and then you can do the same thing for the x bars. Might sound confusing so if you don't understand let me know, I'll try my best.

    Area of top part:
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