Circumcenter
Pronunciation: /ˈsɜr kəmˌsɛn tər/ Explain
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 Manipulative 1  Circumcircle of a Triangle Created with GeoGebra. 

The circumcenter of a polygon is the
center
of the
circle
that intersects all vertices of the polygon exactly once.
The circumcircle of a polygon is the circle that
intersects all vertices of the polygon. The incenter of a
triangle
is found at the intersection of the perpendicular bisectors of the sides. A
circumradius of a polygon is a radius of the circumcircle.

How to Construct the Circumcenter and Circumcircle of a Triangle
1

 Pick any one side of a triangle and construct its perpendicular bisector.

2

 Pick one of the remaining sides of a triangle and construct its perpendicular bisector.

3

 Draw a circle with the center at the intersection of the two bisectors
and a radius of the distance between the intersection and any vertex of the triangle.

How to Construct the Center and Circumcircle of a Regular Polygon
Step  Illustration  Discussion and Justification 
1 

The
center
of a regular polygon is at the
point of concurrency
of perpendicular bisectors
of any two sides that are not opposite each other. 
2 

Draw the perpendicular bisector of any side. 
3 

Draw the perpendicular bisector of any other side that is not opposite
the side you used in step 2. 
4 

Label the intersection of the two perpendicular bisectors as 'center'. 
5 

Draw a circle with a center at the point labeled 'center' and the edge
at any vertex. This is the circumcircle. 
Table 2  How to construct the center and
circumcircle of a regular polygon 
More Information
 McAdams, David E.. Center. allmathwords.org. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 6/27/2018. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/c/center.html.
Cite this article as:
McAdams, David E. Circumcenter. 6/25/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/c/circumcenter.html.
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6/25/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, updated GeoGebra apps. (
McAdams, David E.)
4/28/2011: Added circumradius. (
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10/13/2010: Generalize article to deal with all polygons, rather than just triangles. Added section on constructing the circumcenter and circumcircle of a regular polygon. (
McAdams, David E.)
1/9/2010: Added "References". (
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11/15/2008: Changed manipulative to Geogebra. (
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7/7/2008: Corrected link errors. Corrected spelling (
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3/25/2008: Revised More Information to match current standard. (
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8/24/2007: Simplified figure 1. Added reference to triangle. Added circumcircle (
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7/30/2007: Initial version. (
McAdams, David E.)