To find out how many radians (the angles at the center) are in a circle, we usesimple math. Remember, the “radian angle” at the center is directly related to the “radius”that we artificially superimposed on the circumference of the circle. Therefore, if we findout how many “radii” can fit around the circumference, we’ll then also know the number of “radians” (the angles at the center) there are in a circle.To do this, we use the circumference formula of a circle, which is C = 2r. Take
r and divide by “r”. (We divide by “r” because that will give us the number of radiithat can go around the circumference of a circle, remembering that radian angles at thecenter are equal to this number).
(Note: = 3.14159…...)
2r = 2r = 2 = 2 x 3.14159 = 6.2832.r r Therefore, there are 6.2832 radians in a circle (and for that matter, 6.2832 radiithat can go around the circumference of a circle). No matter how long the radius “r” is, there will always be 6.2832 radians in anysize circle because the “r” always gets cancelled out in the math (see above) and allyou’re left with is 2.To get an idea of how big one radian is, we can convert it to the more familiar degrees. To do that, take the 360° that every circle has and divide that by the 6.2832radians that every circle also has and you get 57.3 degrees per radian.So then, what’s a “milliradian”? “Milli” is by definition, 1/1000
. Therefore, a“milliradian”, shortened to “mil” by shooters, is 1/1000 of a radian. Therefore, take eachof the 6.2832 radians in a circle and divide each one into 1000 smaller angles. When youdo that you’ll get 6.2832 x 1000 = 6283.2 milliradians in every circle.Since there are 6283.2 milliradian in a circle compared to 360°, we have a finer angle of measurement than degrees.2