Geometry: 1,001 Practice Problems For Dummies (+ Free Online Practice)
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If you are asked to find the area of a regular polygon, you can do so by using a formula that includes the perimeter of the polygon and a measurement called the apothem.

The apothem is the line segment from the center of the polygon to the midpoint of one of the sides, and is perpendicular to that side. The perimeter is the total distance around the polygon.

The formula for the area of a regular polygon is


Practice questions

  1. Find the area of a regular pentagon whose perimeter is 40 units and whose apothem is 5 units.

  2. Find the exact area of a regular hexagon that has a perimeter of 60 units.

Answers and explanations

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    The formula for the area of a regular polygon is


    The apothem is 5 and the perimeter is 40, so the area is

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    The formula for the area of a regular polygon is


    A regular hexagon is a polygon with six equal sides. You're given that the perimeter of the hexagon is 60 units, which means each side is 10. The apothem is joined to the midpoint of one of the sides and is also perpendicular to the side, forming a


    The side opposite the 30-degree angle is x, the side opposite the 60-degree angle is


    and the side opposite the 90-degree angle is 2x. The apothem is opposite the 60-degree angle, so the apothem equals


    When you plug everything into the formula, you get


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Allen Ma and Amber Kuang are math teachers at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, New York. Allen, who has taught geometry for 20 years, is the math team coach and a former honors math research coordinator. Amber has taught all levels of mathematics, from algebra to calculus, for the past 14 years.

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