8th grade math
posted by Anonymous on .
The total number of interior angles in two regular polygons is 17, and the total number of diagonals is 53. How many sides does each polygon have? Show work and explain.

Think of the number of diagonals for an ngon.
For each point p, there are n3 points that form diagonals (n less p itself and the two adjacent vertices)
Going around for all n points, each diagonal is counted twice. So, the dumber of diagonals d(n) for a n ngon is
d(n) = n(n3)/2
The number of interior angles is just n.
So, for two polygons, of m and n vertices,
m + n = 17
m(m3)/2 + n(n3)/2 = 53
substitute m = 17n
(17n)(14n)/2 + n(n3)/2 = 53
You have a 6gon and an 11gon 
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