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**kayla1dance****Member**- Registered: 2018-01-10
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Hello,

I am having some troubles in a lesson called Area of Polygons.

We are supposed to figure out the area of a polygon by cutting the polygon into triangles and finding the area from there. I am a little confused on how to do this. I know how to get the area of each of the questions with just the formula but I don't know how to do it with polygons. Below I posted the lesson. For questions 14 and 15 I can attach a link so you can view the pictures. I will do that when we get to those questions. just let me know.

Thank you so much,

Kayla

For 1-7, calculate the area for each of the polygons described below. If the shape is a regular polygon with more than 4 sides, divide the polygon into triangles as shown in the lesson. Show your work using only formulas for 3- and 4-sided figures as your basis. (Round answers to the nearest hundredth and remember to include the unit of measure.)

1. An equilateral triangle with a side of 1 inch

2. A square with a side of 2 feet

3. A regular pentagon with a side of 3 centimeters

4. A regular hexagon with a side of 10 cm

5. A regular heptagon with a side of 7 inches.

6. A trapezoid where the height is 18 cm, base 1 = 16 cm and b2 = 8 cm.

7. A trapezoid where the height = 7 mm, base 1 = 26 mm and base 2 = 9 mm.

For 8 and 9, fill in the missing information for the following trapezoids. SHOW YOUR WORK.

8.

height = 19.8 cm

b1 = ________

b2 = 14.4 cm

area = 401.94 cm2

9.

height = ________

b1 = 20 cm

b2 = 21 cm

area = 205 cm2

10. If the area of a parallelogram is 690.84 m2 and the height is 20.2 m, what is the length of the base?

11. If the base of a rectangle is 28 cm and the area is 588 cm^2, what is the height of the rectangle?

12. What is the area of a parallelogram with height 26 cm, base 16 cm, and side length 28 cm?

13. What is the area of this polygon?

ls_XF = 53 mm ls_XV = 72 mm ls_VR = 16 mm

ls_FB = 31 mm ls_BT = 31 mm ls_EU = 47 mm

ls_UL = 31 mm ls_TL = 88 mm ls_DE = 16 mm

ls_RM = 70 mm ls_MC = 21 mm ls_DC = 70 mm

14. What is the area of this rectangle?

15. What is the area of this polygon?

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Kayla,

I will show you what to do for any regular polygon. This diagram shows a regular pentagon (5 sides).

You can see that lines radiating out from the centre divide the pentagon into 5 equal triangles.

(1) 360 ÷ 5 will tell you the angle at the top of one triangle.

(2) The triangle is isosceles so if you subtract the top angle from 180 and divide the result by 2 you'll have the angle at the bottom of the triangle.

(3) The triangle is split in two so that you have a right angled triangle. You can use basic trig. on this. (Half the side) x tan(angle at bottom) = height of triangle. This is the length of the dotted line.

(4) Calculate the area of the triangle using the formula half x base x height.

(5) Multiply this answer by 5 to get the total area of the pentagon.

If you give this method a try and post your answer at each stage I'll check them for you.

Bob

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