##### Asked by: Missi Seamans

However, as you also say, the largest number of different pitches you could have with the “normal” chromatic system is 12. You are right that chords being described with common naming conventions (built in thirds for instance) usually have **no more than 7 distinct pitches**, and so the 13th chord is the limit.

## Can a chord be a diameter?

**A chord that passes through the center of a circle is called a diameter** and is the longest chord of that specific circle.

## What is the maximum number of notes in a chord?

A chord is a combination of **three or more** notes. Chords are built off of a single note, called the root. In this lesson, we will discuss triads. They are created with a root, third, and fifth.

## What is a chord length?

It is defined as **the line segment joining any two points on the circumference of the circle, not passing through its centre**. Therefore, the diameter is the longest chord of a given circle, as it passes through the centre of the circle. Calculation of the length of the chord is sometimes very important in mathematics.

## How do you calculate the length of a chord?

r is the radius of the circle. c is the angle subtended at the center by the chord.

Chord Length Formula.

Formula to Calculate Length of a Chord | |
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Chord Length Using Perpendicular Distance from the Center | Chord Length = 2 × √(r^{2} − d^{2}) |

Chord Length Using Trigonometry | Chord Length = 2 × r × sin(c/2) |

## Can a chord be a radius?

Answer: As discussed above, any line segment which connects two points on the circumference of the circle is known as a chord. While a radius connects the centre of the circle with a point of a circle. Therefore, from the definition of both terms, we can state that **radius is not a chord**.

## Why is diameter the longest chord?

By definition, a chord is a straight line joining 2 points on the circumference of a circle. The diameter of a circle is considered to be the longest chord **because it joins to points on the circumference of a circle**.

## Can a chord have more than 3 notes?

**Chords with more than three notes include added tone chords, extended chords and tone clusters**, which are used in contemporary classical music, jazz and almost any other genre. A series of chords is called a chord progression.

## How many chords are in a scale?

In western music chords are traditionally built by using every other note beginning on each scale degree – giving you a choice of **7 diatonic chords in a Major scale**. The formula to make a Major scale is the same for every single Major key. The I, IV, and V are the only major chords in a traditional major scale.

## Why are chords built in thirds?

**To derive the notes in major harmony**, you build a triad using 3/2 and 5/4 on the 1st, 4th and 5th. In other words, you stack 3/2 and 5/4 over 3/2 and 4/3. This gives you all the notes in the major scale. To do the same for minor harmony, you stack 3/2 and 6/5 over 3/2 and 4/3, giving you 1,2,b3,4,5,b6,b7.

## How many chords can be drawn in a circle?

How many chords can be drawn through 21 points on a circle? A chord connects circle at two points. ⇒^{21}C2=**210 chords**. Ans: 210 chords can be drawn through 21 points on a circle.

## What is chord length of an arc?

The length of this arc is given by the central angle subtended by this arc. The formula for the length of arc is given by. ⇒**s=αR**. Note: As the chord length is the distance between two points, it is measured in cm or m and as the arc length is the portion of the circle covered, it is measured in radian(π).

## What is the diameter of chord of a circle?

The chord of a circle which passes through the centre of the circle is called the diameter of the circle. The diameter of a circle is the distance across a circle. The diameter is also the longest chord of a circle. Diameter of a circle **d = 2r**, where r is the radius of the circle.

## What is a chord but not a diameter?

A diameter satisfies the definition of a chord, however, a chord is not necessarily a diameter. This is because every diameter passes through the center of a circle, but some chords do not pass through the center. Thus, it can be stated, **every diameter is a chord, but not every chord is a diameter**.

## What is the name of the longest chord in a circle?

diameter

The Longest chord of any circle is **its diameter**. Therefore, the diameter of a circle is twice the radius of it.

## Is a secant a chord?

**A secant is an extension of a chord in a circle** which is a straight line segment of which the endpoints lie on the circle. If the same chord passes through the centre of the circle, then it is a diameter. So an extended Diameter is a secant.

## Can a chord be a tangent?

**A tangent can’t be a chord**, because a chord touches a circle in two points, crossing through the inside of the circle. Any radius drawn to a tangent is perpendicular to that tangent.

## What is a major arc?

**An arc whose measure is greater than 180 degrees** is called a major arc. An arc whose measure equals 180 degrees is called a semicircle, since it divides the circle in two. Every pair of endpoints on a circle either defines one minor arc and one major arc, or two semicircles.