How to Calculate Diameter With Length & Width Only

By Louis Gutierrez; Updated June 06, 2017
All circles have a diameter.

Diameter is the length of a line touching two points on a circle that passes through the center. Diameter exists only for circular, or for circle-based objects like a sphere or cylinder, thus the width and length should always be the same. Regardless what information you are given, you can find out the diameter if you have either the radius, circumference or area of the circle.

The diameter is the same as the length or width of any circle. No further calculation is required.

Calculating Diameter From the Radius

The radius is the length from the center of a circle to the edge. Therefore, if you know the radius, multiply it by two to determine the diameter (diameter = 2 x radius).

Calculating Diameter From the Circumference

If you know the circumference, you can divide the circumference by pi and this will be your diameter (diameter = circumference / pi). Pi is approximately rounded to 3.1416.

Calculating Diameter From the Area of a Circle

If you are given the area of a circle, the diameter is equal to the square root of four times the area divided by pi (diameter = √ (4 x area) / pi).

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Louis Gutierrez began writing in 2010 for various websites, specializing in real estate, construction and electronics. He has over 10 years experience running and operating various successful businesses in these fields and holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration, graduating magna cum laude from Florida International University.