# How do you find the general form of the equation of a circle given the center at the point (-3, 1) and tangent to the y-axis?

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Oct 17, 2016

Please see the explanation for the process. The equation of the circle is:

#### Explanation:

The general equation for a circle is:

where

The center is

We are told that the y axis is tangent, therefore, the x coordinate is 0 and the y coordinate is the same as the center, 1. To find the value of r, temporarily substitute the point

The equation of the circle is: