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Question from shell, a student:

the formula for a hexagon with the area of 36 or close to that

Hi Shell.

Take a look at this earlier problem (I found it by typing hexagon area into our search form).

Use Pythagoras to find the height of the rectangle I drew, then multiply by 3a to find the area.

Since you want an area of 36, make this expression equal to 36 and solve for a, the length of the side of the hexagon.

Hope this helps,
Stephen La Rocque.

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