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Regular hexagon is inscribed in a circle. If the radius of the circle is 1, what is the length of the side of the hexagon? (Hexagon is a six-side polygon)
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Re: PS: Hexagon [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 18:42
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Regular hexagon is inscribed in a circle. If the radius of the circle is 1, what is the length of the side of the hexagon? (Hexagon is a six-side polygon)


Since the hexagon is a regular one, the side should be equal to redius or 1.

Draw lines from center to the edges of a given side, AB. Doing so would create a 60 degree angle at the center. Since the sides AO and BO are equal to redius, the angles BAO and ABO are also equal. They each are also 60 degree. So the triangle becomes equilateral. Therefore the side AB is also 1.
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Re: PS: Hexagon [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 19:21
agree with 1.

Same explantion as GMATTIGER's.

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Re: PS: Hexagon [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 19:29
Just to nitpick GT's solution.

sum of angles of hexagon=(6-2)*180 = 720
shared by 6 equal angles = so each angle = 720/6 = 120

this angle will be split in 2 eqaul parts by a line joining center of circle to point forming angle. making the triangle thus formed an equilateral triangle.
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Re: PS: Hexagon [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2009, 09:48
Great pic and great answer(s).
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Re: Regular hexagon is inscribed in a circle. If the radius of t [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2014, 08:29
Here let's put some answer choices on this question to make it more realistic

A. 1
B. sqrt (2)
C. sqrt (3)
D. 2 sqrt (2)
E. 1/2
Re: Regular hexagon is inscribed in a circle. If the radius of t   [#permalink] 30 Apr 2014, 08:29
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