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Section: G.5.3

Informal arguments for circle circumference

Give arguments that combine dissection and informal limits to yield the circumference and area formulas for a circle.

In this unit students give more sophisticated, although still informal, arguments for the circumference, area, and volume formulas that they learned in earlier grades. These arguments rely on dissections, informal limits, and Cavalieri’s Principle. After giving arguments for the volume formulas, students use these formulas in solving a variety of modeling problems, including problems that involve density.

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