11.2: From the Center of the Polygon
This activity is intended to supplement Geometry, Chapter 10, Lesson 6.
Problem 1 – Area of a Regular Pentagon
A regular polygon is a polygon that is equiangular and equilateral. The apothem of a regular polygon is a line segment from the center of the polygon to the midpoint of one of its sides.
Start the Cabri Jr. application by pressing APPS and selecting CabriJr. Open the file PENTAGON by pressing
1. Drag point
Position 
Apothem 
Perimeter 

Area 

1  
2  
3  
4 
2. Using the table discuss how the area and
Problem 2 – Area of a Regular Hexagon
In the problem, you will repeat the process from Problem 1 for a regular hexagon. Open the file HEXAGON showing a regular hexagon with center
3. Drag point
Position 
Apothem 
Perimeter 

Area 

1  
2  
3  
4 
4. Using the data you found in both problems, give formula for the area of a regular polygon.
Problem 3 – Area of a Regular Polygon
Now you will look at the proof of the formula for the area of a regular polygon.
5. How many triangles are created by the radii of the octagon?
6. Are all of the triangles congruent?
7. Use the D.&Length measurement tool to measure the sides and the Angle measurement tool to measure the angles of one of the triangles. Are the triangles equilateral?
8. What is the area of
9. Given the area of one triangle, what is the area of the regular polygon in terms of the length of the apothem
10. What is the area of an
Problem 4 – Area of Regular Polygons
Find the area of the polygon with the given measurements.
11. regular heptagon of apothem 12 in. and sides with length 11.56 in.
12. regular dodecagon of apothem 2.8 cm and sides with length 1.5 cm
13. regular octagon of apothem 12.3 ft and sides with length 10.2 ft
14. regular hexagon of apothem 17.32 mm and perimeter 120 mm
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