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Regular Polygon
Shape
Name of
Polygon
Number of
Sides
Number of
triangles
Sum of Interior
Angles
Measure of
one angle
What is the rule or formula for finding the sum of the measures of the interior angles of a polygon?
Rule:
What is the rule or formula for finding the measure of an interior angle of a regular polygon?
Rule:
There are two types of problems that arise when using this formula:
1. Questions that ask you to find the number of degrees in the sum of the interior angles of a polygon.
2. Questions that ask you to find the number of sides of a polygon.
Hint: When working with the angle formulas for polygons, be sure to read each question carefully for clues as to
which formula you will need to use to solve the problem. Look for the words that describe each kind of formula,
such as the words sum, interior, each, exterior and degrees.
Example 1: Find the number of degrees in the sum of the interior angles of an octagon.
An octagon has 8 sides. So n = 8. Using the formula from above,180(n - 2) = 180(8
- 2) = 180(6) = 1080 degrees.
Example 2: How many sides does a polygon have if the sum of its interior angles is 720°?
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