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**We saw previously that regular polygons can sometimes fit snugly together at a single
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vertex P, and sometimes not.

Snug

Not Snug

**1. If you’re only using one type of regular polygon (so, for example, only hexagons),
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find all regular polygons that can fit snugly at a vertex. Are you certain there are

no other ones that would work? How do you know?

**2. We also saw that if you allow different types of regular polygons to be used, they
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can sometimes meet up in a snug way. We showed this one was possible (two

regular 5-gons, and a regular 10-gon).

**(a) Algebraically show that two regular 12-gons and a regular 3-gon fit snugly
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together at a vertex.

**(b) Algebraically show that two regular 6-gons and two regular 3-gons fit snugly
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together at a vertex.

**(c) If three regular polygons fit together snugly at a vertex, and one was a 3-gon
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and one was a 7-gon, what is the third polygon?

**(d) Show that if you have three regular polygons, and one of them is a 5-gon and
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one is a 6-gon, there is no possible third polygon that could fit snugly together with

the 5-gon and 6-gon.

**3. Use Geogebra to create the three snugly fitting polygons in 2a, 2b, and 2c.
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(Remember there is a regular polygon tool, which will make your life so much easier!)

4. Below are three polygons that fit snugly at a vertex. Now let’s try to fit a regular

polygon into the indicated region/gap. Explain why that is impossible!

**5. One interior angle of a regular polygon is between 178o and 179o (it can also equal
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178o and 179o). What are all possible number of sides this polygon could have?

**6. In problem 2d, we saw a huuuuge-number-of-sides polygon was able to fit snugly with
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some normal side polygons. Your challenge: find as many combinations of regular

polygons to fit snugly together at a vertex. You can use algebra, Geogebra, whatever!

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