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A straight line, drawn from the vertex of any

angle to the vertex of any other

angle not adiacent to the former, s

called a diagonal.

Thus, in the annexed ig. 4B M BC-CD-DE-EL is the pertmeter, and each of the straight lines AC, AD, BE, BD. ZC, is a tiagonal, of the polugon ABCDE.

N. B.

Throughout this section all those polugoms are excluded which have what are called re-entraná angles, such as the polygons annexed :

where A, B, C are re-entrant angies. They are called re-entrant angles, ecause if the lines forming them be produced through the vertex, these lines enter wittin the polygon, which is not the case with ordinary polygons.

38. Paor. I. All the angles of a polygon are together equal to twice as many right angles as the polygon has sides, diminished by four right angles.

For every polygon, as ABCDEF, may be divided


into triangles by taking any point O mithin the polygon, and joining 04, OB, OC, OD, OE, OF; and the number of triangles will ob- I' viously he the same as the number of the sides of the polygon. But the three angles of each triangle are together equal to two right angles; the angles of all the triangles are together equal to twice as many right angles as the polygon has sides; that is, all the angles of the polygon, together with the angles having the commom vertex 0, are equal to twice as many right angles



the polygon has sides. But the angles at O are

equal to four right angles (30 Cor.); .. all the angles of the polygon are equal to twice as many right angles as the polygon has sides, diminished by four right angles. COR. 1. Hence, all the angles of a pentagon = 6 right angles; hexagon 8


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and so on, whatever be the number of sides of the polygon*.

Hence, also, since all the angles are equal to one another in a regular polygon,


each angle of a regular pentagon =

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COR. 2. If ABCDEF be a portion of the perimeter

and so on.

of any polygon; and if the sides

AB, BC, CD, &c., be produced
to b, c, d, &c., since each inte-
rior angle, as ABC, + its exte- F
rior angle, as bBC, = two right
angles, .. all the interior angles
+ all the exterior angles twice
as many right angles as the po-
lygon has sides; and .., by what
has been proved, all the exterior
angles of a polygon are together
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The same result may also be made to appear from a very simple consideration. From B draw Bz parallel to CD, By parallel to DE, Bx parallel to EF, &c., taking every side of the polygon in succession. Then DCC= LCB2, L. LEDd= = LyBz, FEe = LxBy, &c.; and the last of the lines Bz, By, Bx, &c., will be Bb; .. the sum of

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* The triangle, and quadrilateral, as we might expect, both follow the same rule. Thus all the angles of a triangle are equal to 6 right angles diminished by 4 right angles, that is, are equal to 2 right angles. And all the angles of a quadrilateral are equal to 8 right angles dimi. nished by 4 right angles, that is, are equal to 4 right angles.

the exterior angles will be equal to the sum of the angles occupying the whole space round B as a common vertex, that is, four right angles (30 Cor.).

COR. 3. Since the magnitude of each angle in a regular polygon depends only on the number, and not the length, of the sides, therefore all regular polygons of the same name have precisely the same angles, however much they may differ in their other dimensions. Hence all regular polygons of the same name are similar, in the sense in which certain triangles were defined to be similar, for besides equal angles, each to each, such polygons having equal sides throughout each, will, of course, have the sides about equal angles proportionals.

87. PROP. II. In every regular polygon if lines be drawn severally bisecting the angles, these lines will all meet in the same point within the polygon; and that point will be equidistant from all the angular points in the perimeter of the polygon.


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Let ABCD be a portion of the perimeter of a regular polygon. Bisect the angles at A and B by the straight lines OA, OB, meeting in O; and join OC. Then, since OAB = half A, and OBA = half B, and the angles of the polygon at A and B are equal, OAB = LOBA, and .. OA OB. Again, since AB = BC, and BO is common to the two triangles OAB, OBC, and OBC= ¿OBA, .. OC=OA, and OCB LOBA (24). But < OBA = half <B = half <C,.. OC bisects C. Hence OA=OB = OC, and OA, OB, OC, bisect the angles at A, B, C. The same may be proved in the same manner for all the remaining angles of the polygon.


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COR. 1. Hence, if with centre O and radius OA a circle be described, its circumference will pass through all the angular points in the perimeter of the polygon.

In this case the circle is said to be described about' the polygon, or the polygon to be inscribed in' the


COR. 2. Since AB and BC are given chords of this

circle, it is obvious also (50), that the centre O may easily be determined by bisecting AB, and BC, and through the points of bisection drawing lines at right angles to AB, BC, and meeting, as they will do, in O.

COR. 3. If a circle be described with centre O and radius equal to the perpendicular from O upon AB, every side of the polygon will be a tangent to this circle. In this case the polygon is said to be described about' the circle, or the circle to be inscribed in' the polygon.

COR. 4. Hence every regular polygon may be inscribed in a given circle, or described about a given circle.

88. PROP. III. In every regular polygon of an even number of sides to each side there is another opposite side parallel to it; and to each angle there is an opposite angle such that the vertices of the two are in the same diameter of the circumscribing circle.

Let ABCDEF be a regular polygon of six sides, (the proof will be the same for eight sides, ten sides, &c.) Find O the centre of the circumscribing circle (87), and join OA, OB, OC, OD, OE, OF. F Then since one half of all the sides will be equal to the other half, and AB = BC = CD = &c., and equal chords in the same


circle cut off equal arcs (58), the three arcs AB, BC, CD are together equal to the three arcs DE, EF, FA, that is, ABCD is a semicircle, and .. AOD is a straight line and a diameter. Similarly BOE is a diameter, and FOC a diameter, of the circumscribing circle.

Again, since OA = OBOE = OD, and ✩AOB = DOE (81), .. the triangles AOB, DOE are equal in all respects, and 40AB=ODE, .. AB is parallel to ED (34). Similarly BC is parallel to EF; and CD to AF.

COR. 1. Hence, in the case of a hexagon, AOB is an equilateral triangle. For, since AOD is a straight line, and AOB = BOC = ¿COD, :. ¿AOB = one-third of two right angles (30 Cor.), and .. ¿OAB+≤OBA =

two-thirds of two right angles (37). But 4 OAB = ¿OBA, .. each of them is one-third of two right angles; and .. the triangle AOB is equiangular; and because it is equiangular it is also equilateral (26 Cor.).

COR. 2. Hence, also, to construct a hexagon upon a given straight line AB, that is, having the given straight line for a side, it is only necessary to describe an equilateral triangle on the given line, as AOB; then produce AO, BO to D and E, making OD=OA=0E, which will determine the angular points D and E; then with centres B and D and radius OA describe two arcs intersecting in C, and with centres A and E and the same radius two arcs intersecting in F; join BC, CD, DE, EF, FA, and the required hexagon ABCDEF is constructed.

89. PROP. IV. Two similar polygons may be divided into the same number of similar triangles, each to each, and similarly situated.

[DEF. Two polygons are similar, when they have the same number of sides, and all the angles of the one are separately equal to all the angles of the other, each to each, and the sides also about equal angles proportionals.]

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Let ABCDEF, abcdef, be two similar polygons, the angles at A, B, C, D, E, F, being equal to the angles at a, b, c, d, e, f, each to each. From A draw the diagonals AC, AD, AE; and from a draw the diagonals ac, ad, ae. Then since ABC= Labc, and also AB: ab :: BC: bc, by Definition, .. the triangles ABC, abc, are similar (71 Cor. 1), .. also 4ACB= Lacb, and AC : ac :: BC: bc. But BCD=2bcd,.. ACD=4acd; and BC: bc:: CD: cd,

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