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Hello.  I need to find the Area in sq. ft. of a Hexagon with 6 equal sides, of 26' each.
I do not understand  the odd (to me) symbol   \/ 3
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Hi RB,

I am guessing that you found the area of a regular hexagon to be


where L is the length of a side. In your case L = 26 feet so te area is

The number is called the square root of 3. It is the number whose square is 3. There is probably a button on your calculator with the symbol on it. Press the 3 key and then the key and your calculator will return the square root of 3, approximately 1.73.



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