







The sides of a circle 
20180410 

From Reid: Hello,
I recently was wondering about whether or not a circle has an infinite number of sides, and I ended up searching it on your website. I saw that you guys found the question to be too ambiguous or something of that nature, and I thought about your process of reasoning involving vertices and such. I soon realized that I may have come up with the solution to the question, but I want to confirm it with you guys. Allow me to explain:
A circle, unlike any other typical 2 dimensional polygon, can sustain an infinite number of straight lines coming in contact with only one point on it. A square, for example, cannot. A square only has 4 locations that can sustain a such a line, each of those being its corners. The flat edge of a square cannot support a tangential line, because the line would either be crossing the edge of the square or coming into contact with multiple points along its edge.
This concept is consistent in every 2 dimensional polygon: pentagons sustain 5 locations for tangential lines, hexagons 6, nonagons 9, etc.
The reason a circle has an infinite number of sides is simply the fact that it must have an infinite number of "corners", assuming it can be defined as a polygon like any of the shapes I described above.
Corners can only exist assuming there is two sides coming into contact with one another.
If there is an infinite number of corners in the circle, which is apparent due to the above reasoning, there must be an infinite number of sides coming into contact with each other.
Thus, a circle is a polygon that consists of an infinite number of sides coming into contact with each other.
Please review this reasoning and let me know if it is solid.
Thank you! Answered by Penny Nom. 





A side of a square 
20180406 

From Angie: I am dyslexic and have problems with spelling and math I'm trying to figure 4.610 Acres Square trying to figure out how many feet or yards of one side if that makes sense to you thank you I'd really appreciate the help Answered by Penny Nom. 





Related rates 
20180211 

From angelo: hi admin please help me answer this question. thank you!
At a certain instant of time, the angle A of a triangle ABC is 60 degrees and increasing at the rate of 5degrees per second, the side AB is 10cm and increasing at the rate of 1cm per second, and side AC is 16cm and decreasing at the rate of 1/2 cm per second. Find the rate of change of side AB? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 4 sided lot 
20170815 

From Micheal: If one side of .4 acre is 25 feet what would the other three sides be Answered by Penny Nom. 





More on calculating the area (acreage) of a foursided lot 
20170306 

From Kerri:
Can you please show the formula used to calculate areas as provided on this page:
Calculating the area (acreage) of a foursided lot Answered by Penny Nom. 





A square inside a circle inside a square 
20161113 

From Jeff: Greetings,
I came across a question from a textbook from years ago. I've been trying to solve it, but am not sure if my approach is correct.
There are 2 squares (1 inner, 1 outer) & 1 circle.
The inner square is the largest square that will fit inside the circle. It has an area of 1 unit.
The circle is the biggest that will fit in the outer square.
What is the area of the outer square? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The radius of a coffee cup 
20160912 

From Brett: What is inside radius, in centimeters of a coffee cup if it holds 350g of coffee when filled to a depth of 9.5 cm? Assume coffee has the same density of water, 1.00g/cm3. A numeric value is expected and not an expression. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The number of sides of a polygon 
20160723 

From Shriya: All the angles of a polygon are either 155° or 140°.
There are twice as many angles of 155 °or 140°.
Find the number of sides of the polygon Answered by Penny Nom. 





The lateral side length of a cone 
20160605 

From Diane: Question is find the lateral side length of a right cone with area of 372 sq. cm and base circle radius of 9 cm. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a 4sided lot 
20160525 

From prasad: How to find area of a land whose sides are 41ft,33ft,32.3ft and 33.2 ft. Pl give me the formula and proof. Answered by Penny Nom. 





At what time will Sara catch up with Jake? 
20160507 

From Laura: At 11:00 a.m., Jake started driving along a highway at constant speed of 50 miles per hour. A quarter of an hour later, Sara started driving along the same highway in the same direction as Jake at the constant speed of 65 miles per hour. At what time will Sara catch up with Jake? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sides of a triangle 
20160315 

From Hitarth: Why we cannot construct a triangle ofngiven sides 5cm,5cm and 10cm? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The midpoints of the sides of a quadrilateral 
20160205 

From Andrea: The segments, joining, in order the midpoints of consecutive sides of a quadrilateral form a parallelogram. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The perimeter of a one quarter acre square 
20160115 

From Kerry: If you have a perfect square that is one quarter of an acre what are the length of the sides and how do you arrive at the solution? thank you, Kerry. Answered by Penny Nom. 





An octagonal frame around a pool 
20150517 

From James: I have a 20' pool and need to put a frame around it using 2by 4 what r the lengths and angle cuts Answered by Penny Nom. 





The side length of a gazebo 
20150314 

From Dennie: From middle of side to middle of opposite is 14'6". What is the length of the side? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Building an 8 sided box 
20141014 

From Michael: I want to build an 8 sided box. The North, East, South, and West sides I want them to be 4 feet in length.
The NE, SE, SW, and NW sides I want to be 2 feet in length. What angles do I need to cut my angles.
Thanks Michael Answered by Penny Nom. 





An octagon around a tree 
20140716 

From floyd: I want to build an octagon 4 feet from base of tree from 4x4's. What length do I cut my pieces Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 5 sided lot 
20140710 

From mia: have the feet numbers of three sides, but the forth side is in a "V" so it has two figures.
Question: can i add the two figures of the "v" together to get one figure, so then I would have the figures for all four sides. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The area of a 5 sided lot 
20140315 

From Michael: Question from michael:
This lot is in feet. 59x154x109x188x137 per the plot plan Answered by Harley Weston. 





A balance puzzle 
20130114 

From Emily: I'm stuck on this problem and feel that it can't work! The problem is: there is a door with a balance scale on it. In order to open the door, you have to use the 5 weights to balance the scale. On the left side you have 2 boxes to place the weights and on the right side you have 3. You're 5 weights are as follows: 1lbs, 2lbs, 3lbs, 4lbs, 5lbs. How do you place the weights so that the scale is balanced? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The side lengths of a triangle 
20130107 

From Katie: How do I find the side lengths of a triangle knowing the base and its height?
Thank you, Answered by Penny Nom. 





A sand box with 14 sides 
20120710 

From Tom: Want to build a sand box for a pool that is fourteen foot round wanted to make it in fourteen pieces of wood what angle would each piece be and how long would each piece be Answered by Harley Weston. 





An octagonal sandbox around a pool 
20120612 

From Linda: My pool is 15 feet across and it is round.
How do I measure to cut wood to build a sandbox around it? was thinking it will look like an octagon.
Thanks Answered by Harley Weston. 





Third side of a irregular triangle. 
20120427 

From Darya.: How to find third side of irregular triangle if c = 17m, b = 28m and area S = 210m^2. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Forming a triangle from 3 line segments 
20120315 

From rustom: A point X is selected at random from a line segment AB with midpoint 0. Find the probability that the line segments AX, XB, and A0 can form a triangle. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three sides of a triangle 
20111224 

From saba: the three sides of a triangular lot have lengths 10,11and 13cm,respectively.
find the measure of its largest angle and the area of the lot? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sides of a regular octagon of area 800 sq. ft. 
20110921 

From Susan: Help please. I am building an octagon tree house to live in. I would
like the total square footage to equal 800 to 1,000 sq ft. How long
should each side of the octagon be.
tx, susan Answered by Penny Nom. 





A trapezoid 
20110802 

From Nazrul: How can I draw a trapezoid whose parallel sides and other two sides are given. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Vertices and sides of a polygon 
20110304 

From RINA: My questions is : would a vertices and sides of a polygon be the same number. For example, a octagon it has 8 points and 8 sides. Am i correct? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Triangles with perimeter 16 cm 
20110222 

From Chong: How many triangles (up yo congruence) with perimeter 16 cm and whose lengths of its side are integers? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





The sides of an equilateral triangle 
20110127 

From Cristal: Hello :) How can i find the sides of an equilateral triangle when only given the height 10m? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The third side of a triangle 
20101228 

From andrea: in triangle abc, ab=5 and the area is 50cm2.If angle c 90degrees, find the length
of c. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Sides and diagonals of a polygon 
20101125 

From nicky: The sum of sides of two polygons is 12 and the sum of their diagonals is 19. What kind of polygon are they? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Determine if a point is inside a cube 
20101124 

From Ali: hi every one
i have a problem with cube
they told me to write a program that determine if a point is
inside a cube
so i need the equation of the cube to do the comparison.
in sphere it is easy
sqrt((xxp)+(yyp)+(zzp))<=radios
if u please could help me Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A 20" octagon 
20101119 

From CHARLES: I have a 20" octagon and it has 8 parts. In inches how big is each
part. I was told each part was 5.86".The top of the octagon breaks
into 3 equal parts don't equal 20".When i did my math i thought it should be 6 5/8" which is closer
to 20"
I am trying to cut a octagon out of a 20"circle Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The sides of a trapezoid 
20101103 

From Bobbi: Isosceles Trapezoid base=60”; two 45⁰angles at base, two 135⁰ angles at the top, vertical distance between base & top=16”. What is the length of the top line and the two equal side lines? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a 4 sided region 
20100714 

From Cliff: If I wanted to know the square footage of an area that has four different sides and only had the length of one side and the angles at the ends of that length; could the other lengths be found if I wanted to have a total of 130,680 square feet? Answered by Robert Dawson and Tyler Wood. 





A 14 side well house cover 
20100312 

From Kenneth: I am 35 yr I am wanting to build a well house cover. I'm trying to figure out how long the pieces need to be and what angle they need to be for a 4 ft dia with 14 side well house. I would love an answer but would also like to know how to figure it in the future. Thanks Kd Answered by Harley Weston. 





The side length of a square 
20100308 

From tara: am trying to help my brother's daughter in maths, tomorrow she has maths exam
1. Area of sq. picture is 441 sq.cm what is the length of its side. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sides of a triangle 
20090708 

From Susan: The second side of a triangle is 5ft more than the length of the first side. The third side of the triangle is 10ft less than the length of the first side.
The perimeter of the triangle is 61ft. Find the lengths of each side of the triangle.
Thank you so much! Answered by Penny Nom. 





A foursided lot 
20090412 

From Robert: back of property is 137' across,with an angle of 122deg.on the left side and an angle of 140 deg. on the right side,the left side is 123' and the right side is 93' long,the left front is 130 deg. and the right front side is 150 deg. and the front of the property measures 78' Answered by Harley Weston. 





The sides of a parallelogram 
20090317 

From Sami: If ABCD is a parallelogram, prove that line AB is congruent to line CD. Clearly state your reasons and conjectures. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Related rates 
20090314 

From Jeevitha: The side of an equilateral triangle decreases at the rate of 2 cm/s.
At what rate is the area decreasing when the area is 100cm^2? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The sides of a triangle 
20090307 

From felicia: ona map, tannersville, chadwick, and barkersvile for a triangle. Chadwick is
70 miles from Tannersville and Barkersville is 90 miles from Tannersville. Which is a
possible distance between Chadwick and Barkersville?
a. 5miles
b. 10 miles
c. 150miles
d. 200 miles Answered by Harley Weston. 





A shape with 10 sides 
20090303 

From Sandra: One of my son's math questions is as follows:
Suppose I have a shape with 10 sides. I choose a vertex then draw lines to the other vertices that dont share sides with the first vertex. How many vertices will that be and why? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a 5sided lot 
20090302 

From Linda: I have a problem I'm hoping you can provide some help with. When I check the property information for our home on our District of North Vancouver website, it shows that our property is supposed to be 1146.99 Square Metres. Yet another property which has identical measurements is listed as having 1173.7 Square Metres. I would like to figure out who is correct. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The sides of a polygonal building 
20090213 

From mark: length of sides of an 18 ft.diameter bldg
i need to find out if i should build an octagon or decagon to keep the
sides of the bldg at 8ft or less. how do i figure the length of the sides
of each? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Fuel in a tank 
20090116 

From Steve: I am not a math expert and want help seeing how much fuel is in a tank at one given time the tank that i have is 27 inches round. It is 69 inches long. laying length ways. it holds 140 gallons of fuel at fill up. I do know that it would hold less at the bottom of the tank an more in the center. Is there anybody that could just give me the figures by the inch without a formula. thanks for your time Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A barrel on its side 
20081113 

From Dave: Question from Dave:
How many gallons are left in a 36x60 in. barrel (laying on its side) and has 16 in. of gasoline left. I have attached a diagram. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The sides of an octagon 
20081012 

From side lengthsGarry: I need the length of the sides and the degrees of the angles for a 30 inch diameter
octagon Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





Does an oval have sides? 
20081002 

From reid: My 6 yo neice came home with her math homework and she was supposed to identify which objects had sides.One of the objects was an oval.I don't believe it has sides because it is curved and I don't think that would make it an object with sides.What would be the correct answer?Thanks,Reid Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





The sides of an octagon 
20080921 

From mark: I need to know the measurements of an octagon with a inside diameter of 34.5 inches from side to side Answered by Penny Nom. 





A silo with a flat side 
20080714 

From Amy: Without using the Pythagorean Theorem, determine the capacity of a silo in cubic feet of grain if: the cylindershaped silo has one flat, rectangular face that rests against the side of the barn; the height of the silo is 30 feet and the face resting against the barn is 10 feet wide; the barn is approximately 5 feet from the center of the silo. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A six sided lot 
20080625 

From Zack: Please help me find the area of my lot. I am sending a fax of the drawing and dimensions.
Zack Answered by Harley Weston. 





A 4 sided lot 
20080603 

From Pat: If a lot of property is: front 127.87, back 156.17, one side
is
129.73, the other side is 125.00, then how much total acreage is
this. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The area of a regular pentagon 
20080602 

From Jenna: I would like to know if there is a formula to find the area of a regular Pentagon that is not inscribed in a circle only apothem and side length are given. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The fourth side of a property 
20080514 

From Penny: Property has 3 measurements and 2 angles and I want the altitude at a particular point. Corners are sw, nw, ne and se. 1 want the 4th saide measurement confirmed (we think 146.07') and the altitude measurement at 25' from sw (on the swse side)
The angles provided are interior at nw 67.38 degrees and the opposing corner se interior appears to be 68.58 degrees. the 3 sides with measurements are: sw to nw=54.07'. sw to se 146.07' and se to ne 53.57'. If you would help, we would really appreciate it. Thanks! Penny Answered by Harley Weston. 





The sides of an octagon 
20080507 

From Frank: Question from Frank, a parent:
Hi,
Need to lay out a 10 ft. diameter octagon on the ground. What is the
length of the
sides ? And the angles ? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The three sides of a triangle 
20080416 

From Bridgett: The sum of the lengths of any 2 sides of a triangle must be greater than the third side. If the triangle has one side that is 11 CM, and the second side of the triangle is 4 cm less than twice the third side, what lengths do the 2nd and 3rd side have to be?
between 00000000 and 99999999 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Some 4 sided polygons 
20080411 

From kathy: I am a 4th grade student and need to complete this question:
I need to draw 2 polygons with 4 sides and 2 right angles. Please help. Thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





Side lengths and angles in a regular octagon 
20080409 

From Lori: I am a builder and need to find the length of the sides of an octagon. I know the length between
the parallel sides (26 feet). What is the length of each side? What is the angle measurement? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The length of a side of a square 
20080312 

From laura: if i had a square of 2.3 square meters what would its radius be?(in centimeters please) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Side lengths and area of a triangle 
20080308 

From angela: In the diagram of ABC the angle A is 65 the angle B is 70 and the side opposite vertex B is 7. Find the length of the side opposite vertex A and find the area of ABC Answered by Penny Nom. 





A three sided shape 
20080209 

From Tim: Question from Tim:
How would I calculate the area in square feet of a "triangle" with sides:
Base is 36 feet; height is 70 feet; and the thirs side is an arch (curve) of 77 feet. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Third side of a triangle 
20071205 

From Sudhir: How can we find the all positive integral values for the third side of a triangle, whose other two sides measure 15 and 20 respectively. (No other information viz. the type of triangle, area, perimeter or angles etc. is given.) Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Sides and vertices 
20071117 

From derek: What is the correct name for a 2D geometric shape that would look like one slice from a round pizza and how may sides and vertices would it have? I believe you would say it has one vertex and two sides with the curved boundary not resulting in vertices or a side. Your help is much appreciated. Answered by Chris Fisher and Walter Whitelty. 





The third side of a triange 
20071112 

From Christine: I need the inequality to describe the third side of a triange if two sides are known. First side is 23 and second side is 15. What is the third side? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Victoria West. 





Area and side length of a hexagonal tent 
20071009 

From Mark: Trying to buy a tent with 6 sides, in the catalog they give me sq. ft., what is the distance from side to side of a hexagonal tent with an area of 90 sq. ft. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Nine dots 
20070925 

From al: Connect the dots.
There is nine dots, three across and three down.
Connect the nine dot with the pencil only using four line and never lifting the pencil off of the paper. Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Harley Weston. 





george, thomas, abe, alexander... 
20070901 

From lori: george, thomas, abe, alexander...
come up with the next few
im confused and need help!! Answered by Stephen la Rocque and Harley Weston. 





Proof that any side of a triangle is less than half the perimeter. 
20070707 

From Omkar: Any side of a triangle is smaller than half of its perimeter, prove this in short ? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Making a box with a particular volume 
20070620 

From Kimberly: How do you convert 487 cf into box? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Area of a hexagon (three ways to find it) 
20070524 

From Josh: I have to work out the area of a hexagon when I know that the perimeter
of it is 1000m. I have tried many different ways but I get different
answers. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A square 
20070302 

From Jake: how many sides does a square have? Answered by Sara Ulmer. 





The length of the side of a hexagon 
20070219 

From Nick: if the area of a regular hexagon is 259.807 how do i find the length of each side, and the apothem? thanks if you can help Answered by Penny Nom. 





The altitude of regular nside pyramid 
20070126 

From Wendimu: The altitude of regular nside pyramid is half of it's base side.What is the angle between the lateral face and it's base? Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is the point of intersection of two sides of a polygon? 
20070123 

From Tyler: What is the point of intersection of two sides of a polygon? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Octagonal Stop Sign 
20061023 

From Phil: My colleagues and I are in a discussion about how many true "sides" an octagonal stop sign has. I say that it has 10 true sides because of the front back sides of a stop sign (3D octagon). Is this correct terminology or should the front and back "sides" be referred to as faces  equaling 2? Answered by Paul Betts, Steve La Rocque and Harley Weston. 





The length of 2 sides of a triangle 
20060915 

From Lonnie: I need to know how to figure the length of 2 sides of a triangle, as the following example:
The length of the bottom is 12' and the angles are 45, 45 I need to know how long the other 2 sides must be to get an angle of 90 at the top. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





An octagon shape flower bed 
20060624 

From Brandy: hello my name is brandy my husband and I would like to build an octagon shape flower bed to put around the tree in the front yard
we would hope to have the whole shape about 4 ft5 ft around the tree. what would be the way to find out how to cut each side to that they fit together equally Answered by Penny Nom. 





A side segment of an octagon 
20060624 

From Ed: I would like to know how to find a side segment of an octagon when I know that my octagon is 9 feet from side to side and top to bottom? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





What should the length of the other sides? 
20060620 

From Kevin: if a property is basically square for 5 acres and one side is 340 feet what should the length of the other sides? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The sides of a hexagon 
20060524 

From Emilio: I need to find the measure of the sides of the hexagon that the area is 58 square units. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The perimeter of a regular octagon 
20060420 

From Martin: I would like to make an octagon out of 2x4 lumber. I know that the lumber needs to be cut at 67.5 degree angles, but how do I determine the length of each piece if I want to make, say, a 2.5 ft diameter octagon? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Four 25sided dice 
20051124 

From dan: Simply put, I am curious to find the likelyhood of each possibility (4100) if I were to roll 4 25sided die. It seems to start off simply, as 1, 4, 10, 20...following the inside diagonal of Pascal's triangle. But as soon as i reach the point where the sum is greater than the number of sides, Pascal's no longer seems to work. I would be greatly appreciated if I could be informed of the proper formula to find this answer, or perhaps if my theory of doing it is wrong. Answered by Andrei Volodin and Shaun Fallat. 





The sides of an octagon 
20051102 

From Royce: I understand there is a simple calculation to determine the sides of an octagon when you know the distance across the parallel flats. something like .447 . can you help? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The length of the side of an octagon 
20050922 

From Billy: How can you find the length of the side of an octagon when all that you know are the long sides of one of the eight perfect isc. triangles inside the octagon that share the same center point? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sides of a hexagon 
20041101 

From Timothy: I have a perfect Hexagon in which i know the measurement across is 10m. Not from point to point, but from the middle of one side directly across to the middle of the other. From that measurement, how can I determine the length of 1 side. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A travelling salesman 
20040909 

From Liz: A salesman traveled due west from city A to city B. The distance he traveled, that is the ditance from A to B, was X miles. He returned from B to A and found that he had traveled half the distance, X/2 miles. How can that be? Answered by Chris Fisher and Penny Nom. 





The third side of a triangle 
20040728 

From Annette: How do you find the length of a triangle side if you know two sides? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A pyramid 
20040511 

From Quiana: I am a student and I have the following questions I need to answer for homework:
How many sides, vertices, and edges does a pyramid have? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A fifteen sided polygon 
20040305 

From Joann: WHAT IS THE NAME OF A FIFTEEN SIDED SHAPE? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sides of a circle 
20040107 

From Helena: My name is Helena and I am 10 years old. On a resent math exam I was asked
the question" How many sides does a circle have?" and I wrote down none. The
teacher said the answer was one side. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





The side length of a regular octagon 
20030809 

From Rich: If I know the distance between the parallel lines of an octagon and want to find the length of the sides, can I just divide that distance by 2.414 to reveal the length of the sides? I work construction and just curious if I am figuring it right. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Some shapes 
20030429 

From Suzanne:
 What shape has 12 edges all the same length?
 What shape has 3 surfaces and 1 is curved?
Answered by Penny Nom. 





A rectangular prism 
20030109 

From Julie: How many faces on a rectangular prism and how many bases? Can the base also be a face and can a face also be a base? Answered by Diane Hanson. 





Nixon, Jefferson, and Madison 
20021008 

From Lisa: The longestlived US presidents are John Adams(age90), Herbert Hoover (also90), and Harry Truman (88). Behind them are James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Richard Nixon. The lattter three men lived a total of 249 years, and their ages at the time of death form consecutive odd integers. For how long did Nixon, Jefferson, and Madison live? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An octagonshaped deck 
20020220 

From An instructor: How can you solve for finding the side measurements of an octagonshaped deck that is 10 feet long and 10 feet wide. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The slopes of the sides of the Great Pyramid 
20020209 

From Christina: The Great Pyramid is the largest of the Egyptian pryamids. When it was built, it was 481 feet tall and had a square base with 755foot sides. The pyramid has two different slopesone along its sides and the other along its edges. Which slope is steeper? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Third side of Acute Triangle 
20011109 

From Don: I gave this problem to my children, 9th and 12th grade and they are not(me too!) sure of the answer. I am trying to determine the length of the third side of an acute triangle. I know two of the lengths but I do not know the angles. Is there a proper formula to use to find the length of the third side? Thank you. Answered by Chris Fisher and Penny Nom. 





A polygon with five sides 
20011003 

From A student: I was asked a question in 5th grade today that goes: i am a polygon with five sides and 2 right angles what do i look like and what is my name Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many sides does a circle have? 
20010516 

From Georganne: How many sides does a circle have? My son answered "infinate" on a test and was corrected. The school insists the answer is 0. Answered by Chris Fisher and Denis Hanson. 





The sides of an octagon 
20010413 

From Craig: How do I figure the length of the sides of an octagon when all I know is the diameter (4.375). Answered by Penny Nom. 





Hendecagon 
20001009 

From Jillian: I need an example of a object that is in the shape of a hendecagon. I know what the shape is but I cannot come up with a real life example of an object that is this shape. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Side length of an octagon 
20000422 

From Unknown: If I have an octagon that is 12 feet across (side to opposite side) how can I find the length of the sides? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The side length ratios of some triangles 
20000404 

From Alexis Lockwood: I am doing a project for my Math 30B class regarding the side length ratios of 454590 degree and 306090 degree triangles. I would really appreciate any assistance in answering the following questions, or even direction to an appropriate web site or resource on the matter. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A rhombicosidecahedron 
19990430 

From Himmat: What is a rhombicosidecahedron? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A Hexagon 
19980922 

From Lee Curtis: Could someone calculate this for me? If a hexagon is 38 feet 8 inches across, how wide would each of the six sides be? Thank you, Lee Curtis Answered by Chris Fisher and Harley Weston. 





A Presidential Proof 
19970318 

From Greg Smith: Which US president developed a proof for the Pythagorean Theorem? Where can a copy of the proof be located? Answered by Chris Fisher and Harley Weston. 

