I was only given the length of one side of the regular hexagon. I would like step by step on how to complete this. the side length was 22
The apothem is the line from the center of the hexagon to the middle of any side.
Since each side of a hexagon is the base of an equilateral triangle, then the apothem is really just the ALTITUDE of the equilateral triangle.
If the side is 22, the the altitude divide the base into two equal segments, both 11.
So, then the apothem would be found by
tan 60 = apothem / 11
apothem = 11tan60
How did you get that final answer? do you divide those two numbers?
draw an equilateral triangle. The altitude is the apothem.
notice that it divide the triangle into 2 RIGHT TRIANGLES.
The base angle is 60 because the whole triangle is an equilateral.
Then just use the relationship of tan = opposite side / adjacent side.
That gives you tan60 = apothem / 11
solve from there.
Does that clear it up?
yes. thank you very much.
you're welcome :)
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