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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:22 am 
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question has a hexagon, side measures y, centre to flat side = x

which is\formula for the area of this shape?

answer is 3(xy).


can you help me explain this??

Sorry brain freeze again


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A hexagon can be split into six triangles if you join the vertices to the centre. Each triangle has area half (xy) ... so 6 x this is 3xy.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:33 am 
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Thank you so much!

I was a bit thrown by the fact that the line goes from the middle to half way on the flat side if you see what I mean. :lol:


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It has to to show its perpendicular to the base (side of the hexagon)


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durr!


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