Hexagon vs. HexagramDate: 01/11/99 at 10:57:14 From: pvazqez Subject: Hexagon vs hexagram What is the difference between a hexagon and a hexagram? Date: 01/11/99 at 12:29:59 From: Doctor Rick Subject: Re: Hexagon vs hexagram Hi, and welcome to Ask Dr. Math. A hexagon is a polygon with six sides. A hexagram also has six sides, but they are arranged in two overlapping triangles. A hexagram is also known as a star of David. You can make a hexagram by starting with a hexagon and joining alternate pairs of vertices. That is, if you number the vertices of the hexagon in the order in which they are connected, then connect 1 to 3, 3 to 5, 5 to 1, 2 to 4, 4 to 6, and 6 to 2, the new lines make a hexagram. You can do likewise with a pentagon to make a pentagram (5-pointed star). Starting with a heptagon (7 sides), you can make two different "star polygons" by joining every second vertex or every third vertex. - Doctor Rick, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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