   Chapter 7.3, Problem 14E Elementary Geometry For College St...

7th Edition
Alexander + 2 others
ISBN: 9781337614085

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Section Elementary Geometry For College St...

7th Edition
Alexander + 2 others
ISBN: 9781337614085
Textbook Problem

Find the lengths of the apothem and the radius of a regular hexagon whose sides have length 6 cm.

To determine

To find:

The lengths of the apothem and the radius of a regular hexagon.

Explanation

Approach:

1) Any radius of a regular polygon bisects the angle at the vertex to which it is drawn.

2) Any apothem of a regular polygon bisects the side of the polygon to which it is drawn.

3) The measure of any central angle of a regular polygon of n sides is given by c=360n

Calculation:

Consider a regular hexagon ABCDEF with QE as radius and QG as apothem.

It is given that the side of the regular hexagon ABCDEF is 6 cm i.e., AB = BC = CD = DE = EF = FA = 6 cm

Any apothem of a regular polygon bisects the side of the polygon to which it is drawn.

Therefore, GE= GD

Now, DF = GE + GD

6=GE+GD6=2GDGD=3cm

The regular hexagon has 6 sides.

Use the formula of central angle, c=360n

Substitute n = 6 in c=360n.

c=3606=60

Therefore, EQD=60

With EQD=60 and QE=QD, ΔQED is an equiangular and equilateral triangle

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