What are Polygons?


16 December 2020                

Read time: 5 minutes

Geometry is a branch of maths that deals with the study of various different shapes and their properties. When line segments join together to form a closed circuit then they are called "POLYGONS". Here we will study the properties of a few polygons.

What are Polygons?

A closed GEOMETRICAL figure having a definite number of line segments connected together are called "POLYGONS"

Types of polygons

Polygons can be broadly classified into four types depending on their shapes, they are:

  1. Regular polygons
  2. Irregular polygons
  3. Concave polygons
  4. Convex polygons

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Classification of Polygons

Types of polygons Definition Examples
Regular polygons These are Polygons having the same length on all sides and having equal interior angles. Regular Polygons
Irregular polygons These Polygons do not have the same length on all sides and their interior angles also differ from each other. Irregular polygons
Concave polygons If a polygon has one or more interior angles greater than 180 degrees then it is a concave polygon. Concave polygon
Convex polygon These type of polygons have all their interior angle less than 180 degrees. Convex polygon

Different Types of Polygon

Type of Polygon Sides Shape Angles
Triangle 3 Triangle 60o
Square 4 Square 90o
Pentagon 5 pentagon 108o
Hexagon 6 Hexagon 120o
Heptagon 7 Heptagon 128.5o
Octagon 8 Octagon 135o
Nonagon 9 Nonagon 140o
Decagon 10 Decagon 144o

Is a circle a polygon?

No, circles are not polygons. A polygon is one that has a line segment connected to form a closed figure. But in the case of a circle, its sides intersect at any place other than at the end of its sides.

"The path that surrounds the area".

Example 1

Is a circle a polygon

Perimeter of above figure= 10+5+10+5=30 units.

In general, the Perimeter (P) of any polygon can be formulated by 

P=n x l
where n = sides of the polygon
l = length of their sides

The area of a polygon is the surface surrounded by a perimeter.

Area of the above figure, A=l x b (since it is a rectangle)

A=10 × 5 = 50 square units

Let's discuss in detail how to formulate the area and perimeter of the triangle, pentagon, and Hexagon?

Area and perimeter of triangles

A triangle is a polygon having 3 sides and their interior angles summing up to 180°. Triangles can be classified into three types based on their sides and three types based on their angles.

The perimeter of a triangle = 3l

where l= length of sides

3= number of sides of the polygon

Types of Triangles

  1. Based on the sides

Scalene Triangle

Lengths of all the sides of a triangle are not equal and their angles are different.

Scalene \mathrm{\Delta}^{le}

Isosceles Triangle

Any two side lengths and angles of a triangle are equal.


Equilateral Triangle

The length of all three sides and angles are equal.


  1. Based on angle{interior angles} measurement

Acute angled Triangle

Angles measuring less than 90°.

Obtuse angled Triangle

One of its angle measure more than 90°.

Obtuse angled

Right-angled Triangle

One of its angles measures 90° and the remaining two measures 45°.

Right angled

Area of a triangle

In general, the area of a triangle is defined as "half a time product of its base and height".

Area of triangle

A=½ x b x h
Where b=base of the triangle
h=height of the triangle.

Formula to find Area of Equilateral Triangle

A= Root 3 divided by 4 multiplied by a square

Formula to find the area of right-angled Triangle

Area (A) =½ (b × c)

Heron's Formula

Heron's Formula

where a, b, c are sides of the triangle

s=semi perimeter

Example 2



The sides of a triangular park are in the ratio 12:17:25 and its perimeter is 1080 m. What is its area?

Area of park


The sides of the triangle are 12x, 17x, and 25x.

12x +17x + 25x = 1080

Thus, the sides of the triangle are 240 m, 340 m, and 500m.

Now, the semi-perimeter of the triangle is, s=1080/2=540 m.

the area of the triangle is:

Area of triangle

Area and perimeter of a Pentagon

 Pentagon is a polygon having five sides and again Pentagon's may be regular, irregular, concave, and convex depending on sides. But, a regular pentagon has five sides of equal length and interior angle measuring 108° and an exterior angle of 72°.

Area and perimeter of pentagon

Area of pentagon

Where s: side length of pentagon

a: apothem length

The line segment drawn from the Centre of the pentagon to an is the side of the pentagon is called as "APOTHEM". It is calculated using the length of one side and the measure of the interior angle.

If only the side length of the pentagon is given:

Area of a pentagon

Perimeter of pentagon (P) \( =5 × s\)

Where s =side length of pentagon.

Example 3



Find the area and perimeter of a regular pentagon whose side is 7 cm and apothem length is 8 cm.


Given: The side of a pentagon, a= 7cm

Apothem Length

Area = 280

Perimeter of a pentagon,

P = 5a units

P = 5(5)

P = 25 cm

Perimeter = 25 cm.

Area and perimeter of Hexagon

A hexagon is a polygon having 6 sides and when divided into a triangle they form 6 Equilateral triangles it has an interior angle of 120° and an exterior angle of 60°.

Area and perimeter of pentagon

Perimeter P = 6 x s

Where, s = side length of Hexagon.

Area of hexagon

Example 4



If the area of the hexagon is 25 Find its perimeter.


Given, Area A = 25

Area and perimeter of hexagon

Therefore the side length of the hexagon is 3.1 cm.

Perimeter=number of sides×side length

Perimeter of hexagon


From the above topic, we clearly understood the properties of a few polygons and how to formulate their area and perimeter. A closed geometrical figure having a definite number of line segments connected together are called Polygons. They are of different types and have different angles and properties.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Polygons

How many sides does a pentagon have?

A Pentagon is a 5 sided polygon.

How to find the area of a hexagon?

The Area of a Hexagon can be expressed as 6 times the area of an equilateral triangle, which is written as \(\frac{3\sqrt{3}}{2}\times a^2\)

How many sides does a hexagon have?

A Hexagon has 6 sides.

How many diagonals does a hexagon have?

A Hexagon has 9 diagonals.

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Written by Nethravathi C, Cuemath Teacher

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