Regular Polygon
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛg.jə.lər ˈpɒl.iˌgɒn/ Explain
A regular polygon is a
polygon
whose sides are equal length and whose sides are symmetrical about the center of the
polygon.^{[2]} Regular polygons of various number of sides can be denoted as 'regular ngon'.
A regular 3gon is also called an
equilateral triangle.
A regular 4gon is called a
square.
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Manipulative 1  Regular Polygons Created with GeoGebra. 
Center of Regular Polygons
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Why can you not use the perpendicular bisectors of sides that are opposite each other to find the center of a regular polygon? Hint: Try it on a hexagon.
 Manipulative 2  Center of a Regular Polygon Created with GeoGebra. 

Each regular polygon has a center. This center can be
found by constructing the perpendicular bisectors of any two sides of the regular
polygon that are not opposite each other. The point of intersection of the
perpendicular bisectors is the center of the regular polygon. For polygons with an
even number of sides, the center can be found by connecting any two sets of
antipodal
(opposite) points.

Central Angle of Regular Polygons
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Why, when there are more sides, is the central angle smaller?
 Manipulative 3  Central Angle of a Regular Polygon Created with GeoGebra. 

The central angle of a regular polygon is the angle between
two rays that go from the center of the regular polygon and pass through two adjacent
vertices of the polygon. The measure of the central angle of regular polygons is
or
where n is the number of vertices of the polygon.

Circumcircle About Regular Polygons
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 Manipulative 4  Circumcircle About a Regular Polygon Created with GeoGebra. 

A circle can be drawn around every regular polygon that intercepts all the vertices of
the polygon and none of the sides. This is the circumcircle
of the regular polygon. The center of the regular polygon is also the circumcenter
of the regular polygon.
To construct the circumcircle
about a regular polygon, place the point of the compass at the center of the polygon, and
the stylus on a vertex, then draw the circle.

Incircle of Regular Polygons
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 Manipulative 5  Incircle of a Regular Polygon Created with GeoGebra. 

A circle can be drawn inside every regular polygon that intercepts each of the sides
of the polygon exactly once. This is the incircle of the
regular polygon. The center of the regular polygon is also the incenter of the regular
polygon.
To construct the incircle of a regular polygon, construct the midpoint of any
of the sides. Then place the point of the compass at the center of the polygon, and
the stylus on the midpoint, then draw the circle.

References
 McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, regular polygon. 2nd Classroom edition 201501084799968. pg 154. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
 Stöcker, K.H.. The Elements of Constructive Geometry, Inductively Presented. pg 28. Translated by Noetling, William A.M, C.E.. www.archive.org. Silver, Burdett & Company. 1897. Last Accessed 12/4/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/elementsofconstr00noetrich#page/28/mode/1up. Buy the book
 Convex. ams.org. Geometry Glossary. American Mathematical Society. Last Accessed 12/4/2018. http://www.ams.org/featurecolumn/archive/geometryglossary.html.
More Information
 McAdams, David E.. Polygon. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 3/12/2009. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/p/polygon.html.
Cite this article as:
McAdams, David E. Regular Polygon. 3/29/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/r/regularpolygon.html.
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3/29/2019: Clarified wording. Remove extraneous references to the manipulatives. (
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12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (
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12/5/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, implemented new Geogebra app. (
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8/7/2018: Changed vocabulary links to WORDLINK format. (
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12/31/2009: Added "References". (
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12/31/2008: Changed equations from HTML to images. (
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12/11/2008: Added 'Center of a Regular Polygon'. Changed circumcircle figure to manipulative. Added 'Incircles of Regular Polygons' (
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11/2/2008: Changed manipulative to GeoGebra. (
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6/11/2008: Added section on the central angle of a regular polygon and circumcircle. (
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