Name: Michelle
Who is asking: Teacher
Question: Is there a formula that allows me to calculate the range of degrees that would work given the base of the pyramid (e.g. square, pentagonal, hexagonal, etc.)? Thanks for your help. Michelle Hi Michelle, Imagine that you draw a square on the ground and drive a peg at each of the four corners. Tie an elastic band across each of the two diagonals to form the diagram below. This forms a "pyramid" of zero height and each of the four triangles has interior congruent angles of 45^{o}. Now grab the two elastic bands where they cross an lift them vertically off the ground to form a pyramid. As the height of the pyramid increases, the interior congruent angles on each side also increase. The taller the pyramid, the closer these angles are to 90^{o}. Hence the interior congruent angles can have any value greater than 45^{o} and less than 90^{o}. The same idea will work for any regular polygon as the base. Draw a line from each vertex to the center of the polygon to form triangles with the interior congruent angles having minimum possible angle measurement. Cheers,Penny
