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Polygons

Closed shapes or figures in a plane with three or more sides are called polygons.

Vertices

The endpoints of the sides of polygon are called vertices. When name a polygon, its vertices are named consecutive either clockwise or counterclockwise.

Consecutive sides

Consecutive sides are refer to two sides that have an endpoint in common.

What is the consecutive sides of a polygon? How to identify the consecutive sides of a polygon?

In the figure above, side DA and AB are consecutive sides. The polygon can be named as ABCD or ADCB.

Opposite sides of a quadrilateral

Opposite sides of a quadrilateral do not intersect.

What is the opposite sides of a quadrilateral? How to identify the opposite sides of a quadrilateral?

In quadrilateral ABCD, AD and BC are a pair of opposite sides. AB and DC are a pair of opposite sides.

Opposite angles of a quadrilateral

Opposite angles are located at alternate vertices of a quadrilateral.

What is the opposite angles of a quadrilateral? How to identify the opposite angles of a quadrilateral?

In the quadrilateral ABCD, angle A and angle C are a pair of opposite angles, angle B and angle D are a pair of opposite angles.

Diagonal

A diagonal is a line segment that joins opposite (alternate) vertices.

What is diagonal? How to identify that segment is a diagonal?

In the quadrilateral ABCD, line segment BD is a diagonal.

Number of sides of a polygons

The name of a polygons based on the sides of the polygons.

The polygon with 3 sides is a triangle.

The polygon with 3 sides is a triangle.

The polygon with 4 sides is a quadrilateral.

The polygon with 4 sides is a quadrilateral.

The polygon width 5 sides is a pentagon.

The polygon width 5 sides is a pentagon.

The polygon with 6 sides is a hexagon.

The polygon with 6 sides is a hexagon.

The polygon with 8 sides is a octagon.

The polygon with 8 sides is a octagon.

Regular polygon

If each sides of a polygon are equal and each interior angles are equal, then the polygon is a regular polygon.

Sum of interior angles

If a convex polygon has n sides, then the sum of its interior angles is the products of n-2 and 180 degrees. Sum of interior angles of a polygon = (n - 2) × 180o

What is the degree measure of the sum of the interior angles of a polygon with n sides?

In the figure above, the polygon ABCDE has 5 sides. The polygon has (5 - 2) = 3 triangles. The sum of the interior angle of the polygon ABCDE = (5 - 2) × 180o = 540o.

Sum of the exterior angles

If a polygon is convex, then the sum of its exterior angles, one by each vertex, is 360 degrees.

What is the degree measure of the sum of the exterior angles of a polygon?

The figure above is a polygon, sum of exterior angles of the polygon = angle 1 + angle 2 + angle 3 + angle 4 + angle 5 = 360o.

Example 1

Example 1 of the polygon. What are the Opposite sides of a quadrilateral?

In the figure above, name all pairs: a. opposite sides, b. consecutive sides, c. opposite angles, d. consecutive angles.

Solution
a. opposite sides are AB and CD; AC and BD.
b. consecutive sides are CA and AB; AB and BD; BD and DC; DC and CA.
c. opposite angles are angle A and angle D; angle B and angle C.
d. consecutive angles are angle A and angle B; angle B and angle D; angle D and angle C; angle C and angle A.

Example 2

Find the sum of the interior angles in the figure below.

what is the sum of interior angles of this polygon?
Solution
The figure above is an octagon.
An octagon has 8 sides. n = 8
sum of interior angles of the octagon = (n - 2) × 180o = (8 - 2) × 180o = 1080o

Example 3

In the figure below, what is the sum of interior angles of this polygon?

what is the sum of interior angles of this polygon?
Solution
The polygon ABCDEF has 6 sides, n = 6
It has (n - 2) = 4 non-overlapping triangles, then
sum of interior angles of the polygon = (n - 2) × 180o
= (6 - 2) & timeo
= 4 × 180o
= 720o
Therefore, the sum of the interior angles of the polygon is 720o.