March 29, 2015

Homework Help: Math

Posted by Kate on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 3:19pm.

The area of a regular pentagon with a perimeter of 35 units.

Join the centre to each vertex to form 5 eq

Join the centre to each vertex to form 5 equal triangles. Consider one of those triangles
the central angle is 72 and each of the other two equal angles is 54, and the base is 7 units.

Can you find the height of that triangle using simple trig?

then the area of the triangle is 1/2 base*height
Multiply that answer by 5.

I am not sure what the formula is for the height in my Trig book it says H=a sin 0... but i dont know what a is equal to.

O never mind sorry i was making the problem to hard then what it was

I would use tangent
let the height be h
then tan 54=h/3.5

the formula your book uses requires the hypotenuse of the right-angled triangle.

O i did sin 36/3.5 =sin54/c
then a= .5(7)(4.8)= 16.8 units^2
then times 16.8*5=84ft squared

good, I had the same answer (84.3)

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