Pronunciation: /kɒnˈvɛks ˈpɒl.iˌgɒn/ Explain
A polygon is a
shape whose boundaries consist of straight lines. A shape if convex if, for any two
points that are part of the shape, a straight
line can not be drawn between the two points that lies outside the shape.
Figure 1: Convex polygon
Figure 1 is an example of a concave polygon. Since it is possible to pick two
points within the shape and draw a line between them that leaves the shape, the shape
Figure 2: Concave Polygon
Figure 2 is an example of a
polygon. Note that the entire line is
within the polygon. In fact, a line drawn between any two points that are part of the'
polygon will be entirely contained within the polygon.
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McAdams, David E. Convex Polygon. 3/9/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/c/convexpolygon.html.
3/9/2019: Removed faulty manipulative. (McAdams, David E.)
12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
6/25/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, updated GeoGebra apps. (McAdams, David E.)
1/18/2010: Added "References". (McAdams, David E.)
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