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Question from John, a student:

How do you find the area of a polygon with any given amount of sides?


If you have a regular polygon you can use the technique described by Stephen. If the polygon has three sides, a triangle, then you can use Heron's Formula. If it's not regular and has more than three sides then there is no nice formula. See Robert's approach to finding the area of a irregular hexagon.


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