An octagon is an 8-sided polygon (a flat shape with straight sides).

First, have a play with an octagon:


Regular or Irregular

When all angles are equal and all sides are equal it is regular, otherwise it is irregular

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Regular Octagon Irregular Octagons

Concave or Convex

A convex octagon has no angles pointing inwards. More precisely, no internal angles can be more than 180°.

When any internal angle is greater than 180° it is concave. (Think: concave has a "cave" in it)

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Convex Octagon Concave Octagon

Is it an Octagon?

An octagon has 8 straight sides. The shape must also be closed (all the lines connect up):

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(straight sides)
Not an Octagon
(has a curve)
Not an Octagon
(open, not closed)


A regular octagon has:

octagon properties

Any octagon has: