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Introduction To Decagons

A decagon is a ten-sided polygon with ten vertices and ten angles.

Before we learn more about decagons, let's recall what we know about polygons.

What are Polygons?

In geometry, a polygon is a flat, plane shape, usually two-dimensional consisting of straight and non-intersecting lines or sides.

These shapes have three or more sides and thus, the name "polygon" is given to them as "poly" means many in Greek while "gon" refers to the shape.

Thus, a polygon is a shape with many sides.

Sides    Polygon
3  Triangle
4  Quadrilateral
5  Pentagon
6  Hexagon
7 Heptagon
8 Octagon 
9 Nonagon
10 Decagon

A regular polygon has all sides and all angles congruent.

An irregular polygon has unequal sides and angles.

What is a Decagon?

You have already studied shapes and polygons in detail.

Now, we will learn more about a polygon with ten sides - DECAGON.

The word “decagon” dates back to the 16th century.

It is derived from the Latin word "decagonum," wherein "deca" means ten and "gonum" means angles.

Hence, the word "decagon" refers to ten angles.

The shape of a Decagon: A decagon is a ten-sided polygon with ten vertices and ten angles.

Here are some examples of a decagon.

regular decagon          decagon example 1          decagon example 2

Examples of Decagon

Thus, a decagon shape can be defined as a polygon having ten sides, ten interior angles and ten vertices.

Based on the sides of a decagon, they are broadly classified into regular decagons and irregular decagons.

A regular decagon has 35 diagonals and 8 triangles.

We will learn more about them in the following section.

Types of Decagons

Decagons can be categorized as:

  • Regular Decagons
  • Irregular Decagons

Regular Decagon

  1. A regular decagon is a decagon with all sides equal in length and all the angles equal in measure.
  2. In a regular decagon, the interior angles add up to \(1440\ ^\circ \) and the exterior angles add up to \(360\ ^\circ \)
  3. The sides and angles in a regular decagon are congruent.

Regular decagon

Irregular Decagon

  1. An irregular decagon is a type of decagon with unequal sides and angles.
  2. There are not congruent.

irregular decagon     irregular deacgon

Convex and Concave Decagons

Like any other polygon, decagons also can be convex and concave.

Convex Decagon:

  1. Convex decagons bulge outward.
  2. None of their interior angles is greater than \(180\ ^\circ \)

convex decagon

Concave decagon:

  1. Concave decagons have indentations (a deep recess)
  2. The interior angles are greater than \(180\ ^\circ \)

concave decagon

Simple and Complex Decagons

Simple Decagons: They refer to decagons with no sides crossing themselves.

They follow all of the above said regular decagon rules.

Complex Decagon: They refer to decagons that are self-intersecting and have additional interior spaces.

They do not strictly follow any prescribed rules of decagons regarding their interior angles and their sums.

complex decagon

Challenge your math skills
Challenging Questions
  1. What is the sum of the number of sides, vertices, and angles in an irregular decagon?
    a) 10               b) 20                  c) 30               d) 40
  2. What is the number of triangles in a decagon?

Properties of Decagons

Decagons can be commonly seen in various things in our surroundings.

We can observe them in coasters, umbrellas, coins, watches, drums, cutlery, and so on.

A decagon is an interesting form of a polygon and is widely used in creating wall art.

Let us now learn a few properties of decagons.

Some of the important properties of regular decagons are listed here.

  • The sum of the interior angles is \(1440\ ^\circ \)
  • The measure of the central angle is \(36\ ^\circ \)
  • They are 35 diagonals in a decagon.
  • They are 8 triangles in a decagon.

Sum of the Interior Angles

To find the sum of the interior angles of a decagon, first, divide it into triangles.

There are eight triangles in a regular decagon.

We know that the sum of the angles in each triangle is \(180\ ^\circ \)


\[\begin{align} 180\ ^\circ \times 8 = 1440 ^\circ \end{align}\]

Therefore, the sum of all the interior angles of a decagon is \(1440\ ^\circ\)

So, how do we get the measure of one interior angle?

We know that the number of sides of a decagon is 10

Hence, we divide the total sum of the interior angles by 10

\[\begin{align} 1440\ ^\circ \div  10 = 144 ^\circ\end{align}\]

Thus, one interior angle of decagon shape is \(144 ^\circ \)

  regular decagon

Each interior angle is \(144\ ^\circ \)

And, the sum of all the interior angles of a decagon is \(1440\ ^\circ \)

Let us explore this concept with the simulation below.

You can move any of the vertices in the figure and then observe the sum of its interior angles.

The result will remain the same.

The Measure of the Central Angles of a Regular Decagon

To find the measure of the central angle of a regular decagon, we need to draw a circle in the middle.

A circle is \(360\ ^\circ \)

Divide this by ten, because a decagon has 10 sides.

decagon - central angle is 36 degree

\[\begin{align} 360\ ^\circ \div  10 = 36 ^\circ \end{align}\]

Thus, the measure of the central angle of a regular decagon is \(36\ ^\circ \)

The central angle of a regular decagon is \(36\ ^\circ \)

Decagon Diagonals

A diagonal is a line that can be drawn from one vertice to another.

The number of Diagonals of a polygon is calculated by:

\[\begin{align} \frac{n(n-3)}{2} \end{align}\]

In Decagon, \(n\) is the number of sides which is equal to 10

\[n = 10\]



Thus, the number of diagonals in a decagon is 35

diagonals of a decagon

35 diagonals in a regular decagon

Explore above with the above simulation by checking the box beside each vertex. It shows the possible diagonal from that vertex.In total after all boxes are checked, we get 35 diagonals.

A decagon has 35 diagonals
important notes to remember
Important Notes
  1. A decagon has ten sides.
  2. The sum of the interior angles of a decagon is \(1440\ ^\circ \)
  3. The sum of the exterior angles of a decagon is \(360\ ^\circ \)
  4. A regular decagon has 35 diagonals.
  5. Decagons can be classified as convex, concave, simple and complex.

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Solved Examples on Decagons

Example 1



Identify three decagon shapes that we use in our day-to-day activities.

Which of the household items shown below have the shape of a decagon?

Drag and check with the decagon template provided.


Drag the image to the template provided and check if they have the shape of a decagon.

\(\therefore\) The watch shown above has the shape of a decagon.
Example 2



Jenifer's hobby is collecting coins from various countries.

She found a new coin to add to her collection.

Can you guess whether this coin resembles a decagon shape or not?

coin in the shape of decagon


Decagon has ten sides and ten angles.

\(\therefore\) NO, Coin is not in a decagon shape.
Example 3



Identify the irregular decagon from the choices below.

irregular decagon          irregular decagon          regular decagon


a) Irregular as its angles are not equal.

b) Irregular as its sides are not equal.

c) Regular as it has equal sides and equal angles. 

\(\therefore\) (a) and (b) are irregular decagons.
Example 4



How many triangles can be formed by joining the vertices of a decagon?


In a decagon, by joining one vertex to the remaining vertices, you can have 8 triangles.

number of triangles in a decagon

Similarly, If you are considering all the vertices independently you will have a total of \(8\times 10 = 80\) triangles.

all possible triangles in a decagon

\(\therefore\) 8 traingles from one vertex and 80 triangles from 10 vertices.

Example 5



Which decagon shape does this starfish have?

shape of a starfish

a) Concave Decagon

b) Convex Decagon


a) Concave Decagon: Its sides have indentations and its interior angles are greater than \(180\ ^\circ \)

\(\therefore\) The starfish is a concave decagon.

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Practice Questions on Decagons

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is a 12-sided shape called?

     A polygon with 12 sides and angles is called a dodecagon.

2. What is an 11-sided shape called?

     A polygon with 11 sides is known as a hendecagon.

3. How many sides does a decagon have?

     A decagon has ten sides and ten vertices.

4. What are the 10 types of polygons?

  1. Triangle
  2. Quadrilateral
  3. Pentagon
  4. Hexagon
  5. Heptagon
  6. Octagon
  7. Nonagon
  8. Decagon
  9. Hendecagon
  10. Dodecagon
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