Plane Division by Circles


Consider n intersecting circles. The maximal number of regions into which these divide the plane are


giving values for n=1, 2, ... of 2, 4, 8, 14, 22, 32, 44, 58, ... (OEIS A014206).

See also

Arrangement, Circle, Circle Division by Lines, Plane Division by Ellipses, Plane Division by Lines, Space Division by Spheres

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