[Tex/LaTex] Tikz, how to draw concentric circles with radii and something more


I am a beginner with Tikz, I'm reading some tutorials (by the way, if you want to link me some more, I'll be happy about!) and I'm trying to understand how it works.

But I need a "kick" for that: I have to draw this figure:

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I started with

\draw [magenta, thick] circle [radius=3];
\draw [blue] circle [radius=4.3];

But then I did not find how to draw the radius (or the two radii) and the small segment, both with their letter above ($R$ and $a$).

I know the command

\draw [magenta, thick] circle [radius=3] -- (0, 3);

draws the radius, but it's completely vertical. How could I draw it with a certain angle? like in figure?

Also, I might find a way for the segment of $a$, but what about writing the letters? How to?

Thank you for all!


Thanks to Sigur, I managed to get this

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And the code I used is this

\begin{tikzpicture} [scale=0.7]
\draw [magenta, thick] circle [radius=3] (0,0) node[above]{$R$}--(30:3cm);
\draw [blue, thick] circle [radius=4.3];
\draw [blue, thick] (3, 0)--(4.3, 0) node[above]{$a$} ;

new questions

How to pur the $a$ over the middle of the small segment? And the $R$ too, in a more elegant way.

Best Answer

There are various ways you could do this, but building on what you have.

To place a node halfway along a path, use \draw (a) -- node{..} (b);. Note the placement of the node, just after the --. You can also specify any position along the path, by saying e.g. \draw (a) -- (b) node[pos=<fraction>] {..};, where <fraction> is a number between 0 (start of path) and 1 (end of path).

To change the colour of the node, just add a color in the node options.

I used an arrow tip from the arrows.meta library to draw the black dot in the origin. Saying \draw [<arrow tip>-<arrow tip>] (a) -- (b); will draw a line from a to b with the arrow tip specified by <arrow tip> at each end of the line. Here I used just Circle-, which adds the Circle arrow tip at the beginning of the line, and no arrow tip at the end.

\draw [magenta, thick] circle [radius=3];
\draw [blue] circle [radius=4.3];

\draw [Circle-] (0,0) -- node[left,red] {$R$} (60:3);

\draw (0:3) -- node[above,cyan] {$a$} (0:4.3);

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