unit circle

noun

Definition of unit circle

: a circle having a radius of 1

Examples of unit circle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some may fall inside the unit circle, others right on it, and still others outside it. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematician Measures the Repulsive Force Within Polynomials," 14 May 2020 Since going a distance π takes you halfway around the unit circle, cos(π)=-1 and sin(π)=0, so eiπ=-1. Lorenzo Sadun, Slate Magazine, "Finding Pi Outside of the Circumference," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of unit circle

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Unit circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unit%20circle. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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