central angle


Definition of Central Angle

  • The angle in a circle whose vertex is the center of the circle is called the Central Angle.

Example of Central Angle

  • In the figure shown, O is the center of the circle and angle POQ is the central angle.

Solved Example on Central Angle

A circle is divided into 4 congruent sectors and then each of them is divided into 3 congruent sectors as in the figure. What is the measure of the central angle POQ in degrees?

Choices:
A. 45
B. 30
C. 90
D. 60
Correct Answer: D
Solution:
Step 1: Central angle of each sector = (360/12)° = 30°
Step 2: Measure of the central angle POQ is 2(30) = 60.

Related Terms for Central Angle

  • Vertex
  • Center