# Calculating area 6 sided figure

• Oct 2nd 2011, 04:17 PM
zoezoehzoe
Calculating area 6 sided figure
Hi, i would really appreciate any guidance, i am trying to calculate the area of a 6 sided figure, which has no parallel sides, all sides are different lengths, any help would be appreciated.
Zoe.
• Oct 2nd 2011, 04:34 PM
skeeter
Re: Calculating area 6 sided figure
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Originally Posted by zoezoehzoe
Hi, i would really appreciate any guidance, i am trying to calculate the area of a 6 sided figure, which has no parallel sides, all sides are different lengths, any help would be appreciated.
Zoe.

any other info besides side length? a sketch of the hexagon labeled w/ all given info would help.
• Oct 2nd 2011, 07:04 PM
Soroban
Re: Calculating area 6 sided figure
Hello, zoezoehzoe!

Quote:

i am trying to calculate the area of a 6-sided figure,
which has no parallel sides, all sides are different lengths.
Any help would be appreciated.

You're kidding, right?

Even if the six sides are equal,
. . there are zillions of possible hexagons.

It could look like this:

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Or it could look like this:

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• Oct 2nd 2011, 10:55 PM
zoezoehzoe
Re: Calculating area 6 sided figure
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ive got the interior angles aswell, just dont know how to go about working it out.
• Oct 2nd 2011, 11:07 PM
Prove It
Re: Calculating area 6 sided figure
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Originally Posted by zoezoehzoe
Pictures by zoezoehzoe - Photobucket

ive got the interior angles aswell, just dont know how to go about working it out.

Since you have the lengths and the interior angles, I would try breaking it up into a number of triangles and apply what you know about areas of triangles from trigonometry...