Think about the last time you had a glazed doughnut. Yummy! If your teacher asked you the shape of your glazed doughnut, what would you say? You may be thinking, Well when I look at it from above, it is in the shape of a circle! But let's think about this. Circles do not have holes in the middle of them. So what type of shape would your doughnut be? What is the shape that looks like a circle but has a hole in the middle of it? The shape is called an annulus! Let us discuss the annulus meaning?!

An annulus or the annular region can basically be defined as a shape that is made out of two circles.

It is a plane figure that is formed by two concentric circles.

The region covered between two concentric circles is known to be the annulus or the annular region.

The annulus has a ring shape and it has many applications in Mathematics. Some of the real-life examples of an annulus are dough-nut,finger-ring etc.

The area of the annulus or the annular region can be determined if we know the area of both the circles (both inner and outer) that form the annulus.

The formula to find annulus of the circle can be given by:

where ‘R’ is known to be the radius of outer circle

‘r’ is known to be the radius of the inner circle of the annulus.

In this article we are going to know what annulus is, the area and examples.

The circle is known to be a fundamental concept not only in Mathematics but it is also considered as an important concept in many fields. By its definition, we know that a circle is a plane figure which is generally made up of the points that are situated at the same distance from a particular point. See the figure of a circle given below:

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The picture above shows a complete circle with some radius denoted by r. Now if the same circle that we see above is surrounded by another circle with some space in between the two and the radius of the new circle is bigger than this circle, then the region formed in between the two circles is basically known as the annulus or the annular region. Let us learn the meaning of annulus in terms of geometry along with the area formula and solved examples based on the topic.

The word “annulus” is derived from the Latin word.

The word annulus or annular meaning is “little ring“.

An annulus is known to be the area between two circles that are concentric ( that is circles whose centre coincide) lying in the same plane.

The plural of the term annulus is – annuli.

It can be defined as a region bounded between two circles that are concentric (that is they share the same centre). The shape of the annulus resembles a flat ring. Annulus can also be considered as a circular disk that has a circular hole in the middle. See the figure here showing an annulus given below.

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Here,we can see two circles ,where a small circle lies inside the bigger one both having different radius. The point O is known to be the centre of both circles. The shaded coloured area, between the boundary of these two circles (the bigger one and the smaller one), is known as an annulus. The smaller circle is known to be the inner circle meaning the smaller one, while the bigger circle is termed as the outer circle.

In simpler words, any two-dimensional flat ring-shaped object which is formed by two concentric circles is known as an annulus.

We can find the area of the annulus by finding the area of the outer circle and the inner circle meaning the smaller one. Then we need to subtract the areas of both the circles to obtain the result. Let us consider the figure given below:

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In the figure above, the two circles have common centre O. We will let the radius of outer circle be equal to “R” and the radius of inner circle meaning the smaller one be equal to “r”. The shaded portion indicates a space known as the annulus. To find the area of this annulus, we are required to find the areas of the two circles.

Therefore,

Area of Outer big Circle = π\[R^{2}\]

Area of Inner small Circle = π\[r^{2}\]

Therefore, Area of Annulus = Area of Outer big Circle – Area of Inner small Circle

Hence,

Or this can also be written as;

Questions to be solved

Question 1) If the area of an annulus is equal to 1092 inches and its width is equal to 3 cm, then find the radii of the inner circle and outer circle.

Solution) Let the inner radius of an annulus be equal to r and its outer radius be equal to R.

Then width will be equal to R – r

R – r = 3

R = 3 + r

We know that the formula for calculating the area of annulus,

Area of Annulus is equal to π(\[R^{2}\] - \[r^{2}\])

or

Area of the annulus is equal to π (R + r) (R – r)

22/7 (3 + r + r) (3) = 1092

1092×722×3 = 3 + 2r

115.82 = 3 + 2r

115.82 – 3 = 2r

2r = 112.82

Therefore, the value of r = 56.41

Then the value of R = 3 + 56.41 = 59.41

So, the value of the Inner radius = 56.41 inches

And the outer radius = 59.41 inches

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What do you call a circle with a hole in it and what is annulus in math?

The area between two coplanar concentric circles is known as annulus. A flat ring-shaped object can be referred to as an annulus in Mathematics.One way to think of it is as a circular disk with a circular hole in it which is the centre. The outer circle and inner circle that define the ring are concentric ( that is they share a common center point).

In mathematics, an annulus (the Latin word for "little ring" is annulus / annulus, with plural anuli / annuli) and can be defined as a ring-shaped object, a region generally bounded by two concentric circles.