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    Two sets of geometric problems invlolving finding the measure of angles

    Sorry that the second problem is slanted--my scanner's acting weird. Here are the problems:

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    If you try to solve these, PLEASE check your work to see that you are correct. I really want to get both of these problems 100% correct. Also, please show all your work, even if it is a simple addition problem like 100+2.

    Thank you!
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    The sum of angles of a n-polygon is (n-2)180^{\circ}.
    The sum of angles of a pentagon is 540^{\circ}. If the pentagon is regular, then each angle is 108^{\circ}.
    The sum of angles of a hexagon is 720^{\circ}. If the hexagon is regular, then each angle is 120^{\circ}.
    Then \widehat{BAE}=108^{\circ},\widehat{EAL}=120^{\circ  }\Rightarrow \widehat{BAL}=\widehat{KLA}=360^{\circ}-120^{\circ}-108^{\circ}=132^{\circ}.
    \widehat{ABK}=\frac{360^{\circ}-2\cdot 132^{\circ}}{2}=48^{\circ}
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    Quote Originally Posted by frostbite View Post
    If you try to solve these, PLEASE check your work to see that you are correct. I really want to get both of these problems 100% correct. Also, please show all your work, even if it is a simple addition problem like 100+2.
    And will we get the credit for doing so? Don't you think that at the
    very least you should be prepared to check the results and fill in
    minor detail?

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    CaptainBlack, I'm sorry if my post came off as offensive. It wasn't meant to be read like that, but now in hindsight, I can see how it can be taken in the wrong way.
    Most of the time when I'm doing a math problem (especially easier ones), I have a tendency to rush, often making silly mistakes. If the problem involves more than one step, this often leads me to a wrong conclusion, one that I probably could've gotten right if I slowed down.
    Since most people on this forum are very accomplished in the field of mathematics I assumed that a problem that is difficult to me, a 15 year old, would be easy for them. This might have led them to a wrong conclusion, one which could in turn provide a wrong answer. If I too made the same mistake while looking over the problem, I would have gotten the question wrong.
    Also regarding the note on showing work: people often think in differently. When looking over the equation, it's hard to follow, causing me to not understand their thought process. My 100+2 example was just an extreme example used to get my point across.
    Please understand that I am not usually this haste (or rude) --it's just that these problems are very important to me; I've spent 30 minutes trying to solve each of them, and so far I came to no avail. This is for an extra credit assignment that I need, and since nobody in my family is strong in geometry, I was basically on my own.
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