How Many Equilateral Triangles are there in a Regular Hexagon?
Question: How many equilateral triangles are there in a regular hexagon?
Answer: There are 6 equilateral triangles in a regular hexagon
Let's look into the structure of a regular hexagon with all the end to end vertices connected
An equilateral triangle is a regular polygon with 3 equal sides with each angle equal to 60 degrees
We know that the sum of interior angles of a hexagon is 720°
Thus, each internal angle of a hexagon measures 120° (since, 720/6 = 120)
When the lines are connected using two opposite vertices, the internal angles are bisected and hence, each angle is 60° in measure
The angle at the centre of the hexagon is 360° which is being divided into 6 equal parts
Thus, the value of each angle at the centre is equal to 60°
Hence, we see that all three angles of the 6 triangles formed in the given hexagon is equal to 60°
This proves that there are 6 equilateral triangles
We can thus form 6 equilateral triangles by connecting the opposite vertices of a regular hexagon