Math CentralQuandaries & Queries


Question from Brady, a student:

I'm having troubles drawing a regular hexagon. i know that each angle is 120 degrees but when i do that the length aren't there a trick or an easier way of doing this task? thnx.

Yes. Start with the CENTER point, and notice that all the triangles from that center to the edges are equilateral triangles. So you really want a cycle of six equilateral triangles, surrounding the center.

This is most easily done by starting with a circle of radius r, and then picking any convenient point on that circle, drawing another circle of the same radius, then go to the intersection of these two circles, and draw another circle of the same radius, .... . Here is a picture, that may actually look familiar.


Walter Whiteley

About Math Central


Math Central is supported by the University of Regina and The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.
Quandaries & Queries page Home page University of Regina PIMS