# Pentagon

A pentagon is a 5-sided Polygon (a flat shape with straight sides):

## Regular or Irregular

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

 Regular Pentagon Irregular Pentagons

## Concave or Convex

A convex pentagon 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)

 Convex Pentagon Concave Pentagon

## Is it a Pentagon?

A pentagon has 5 straight sides. The shape must also be closed (all the lines connect up):

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

## Properties

A regular pentagon has:

Any pentagon has:

• Sum of Interior Angles of 540°
• 5 diagonals

## Make a Regular Pentagon

You can make a regular pentagon with a strip of paper!

Start with a long strip of paper, make sure it is the same width all along (if you want the pentagon to be regular):

Make a "pretzel" knot with the paper.

Carefully tighten the knot while keeping the paper flat.

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Trim off (or fold back) any excess.

All sides are now of equal length, and all angles should be the same too.

## Images

This Petunia is almost a perfect pentagon

The "Pentagon" in Washington DC
is 5 regular pentagons with a common center.

## Masterclass

How to construct a Pentagon using just a compass and a straightedge.