Pentagon: a five corner building is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia. As a symbol of the U.S. military, "the Pentagon" is often used metonymically to refer to the Department of Defense rather than the building itself.Designed by the American architect George Bergstrom (1876–1955), and built by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, general contractor John McShain, the building was dedicated on January 15, 1943, after ground was broken for construction on September 11, 1941. General Brehon Somervell provided the major motive power behind the project; Colonel Leslie Groves was responsible for overseeing the project for the Army.The Pentagon is the world's largest office building by floor area, with about 6,500,000 sq ft (600,000 m2), of which 3,700,000 sq ft (340,000 m2) are used as offices. Approximately 23,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel work in the Pentagon. It has five sides, five floors above ground, two basement levels, and five ring corridors per floor with a total of 28.2 km of corridors. The Pentagon includes a five-acre (20,000 m2) central plaza, which is shaped like a pentagon and informally known as "ground zero", a nickname originating during the Cold War and based on the presumption that the Soviet Union would target one or more nuclear missiles at this central location in the outbreak of a nuclear war.On September 11, 2001, exactly 60 years after the building's groundbreaking, hijacked American Airlines Flight 77- a Boeing 757-223 was crashed into the western side of the Pentagon, killing 189 people, including five hijackers, 59 others aboard the plane, and 125 working in the building. (Wikipedia) - Pentagon This article is about the geometric figure. For the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, see The Pentagon. For other uses, see Pentagon (disambiguation). Regular pentagon Type Edges and vertices Schläfli symbol Coxeter diagram Symmetry group Internal angle (degrees) Dual polygon Properties

A regular pentagon |

Regular polygon |

5 |

{5} |

Dihedral (D5), order 2×5 |

108° |

self |

convex, cyclic, equilateral, isogonal, isotoxal |

In geometry, a pentagon (from the Greek pente and gonia, meaning five and angle) is any five-sided polygon. A pentagon may be simple or self-intersecting. The sum of the internal angles in a simple pentagon is 540°. A pentagram is an example of a self-intersecting pentagon.

Contents- 1 Regular pentagons
- 1.1 Derivation of the area formula
- 1.2 Derivation of the diagonal length formula
- 1.3 Chords from the circumscribing circle to the vertices

- 2 Construction of a regular pentagon
- 2.1 Richmond''s method
- 2.2 Carlyle circles
- 2.3 Using trigonometry and the Pythagorean Theorem
- 2.3.1 The construction
- 2.3.2 † Proof that cos 36° =

- 2.4 Another method
- 2.5 Euclid''s method
- 2.6 Simply using a protractor (not a classical construction)
- 2.7 Physical methods

- 3 Cyclic pentagons
- 4 General convex pentagons
- 5 Graphs
- 6 Examples of pentagons
- 6.1 Plants
- 6.2 Animals
- 6.3 Artificial

- 7 Pentagons in tiling
- 8 Pentagons in polyhedra
- 9 See also
- 10 In-line notes and references
- 11 External links

In a regular pentagon, all sides are equal in length and each interior angle is 108°. A regular pentagon has five lines of reflectional symmetry, and rotational symmetry of order 5 (through 72°, 144°, 216° and 288°). Its Schläfli symbol is {5}. The diagonals of a regular pentagon are in golden ratio to its sides.

The area of a regular convex pentagon with side length t is given by

A pentagram or pentangle is a regular star pentagon. Its Schläfli symbol is {5/2}. Its sides form the diagonals of a regular convex pentagon – in this arrangement the sides of the two pentagons are in the golden ratio.

When a regular pentagon is inscribed in a circle with radius R, its edge length t is given by the expression

Derivation of the area formulaThe area of any regular polygon is:

where P is the perimeter of the polygon, a is the apothem. One can then substitute the respective values for P and a, which makes the formula:

with t as the given side length. Then we can then rearrange the formula as:

and then, we combine the two terms to get the final formula, which is:

Derivation of the diagonal length formulaThe diagonals of a regular pentagon (here represented by d) can be calculated based upon the golden ratio φ and the known side t (see discussion of the pentagon in Golden ratio):

Accordingly:

Chords from the circumscribing circle to the verticesIf a regular pentagon with successive vertices A, B, C, D, E is inscribed in a circle, and if P is any point on that circle between points B and C, then PA + PD = PB + PC + PE.

Construction of a regular pentagonA variety of methods are known for constructing a regular pentagon. Some are discussed below.

Richmond''s methodOne method to construct a regular pentagon in a given circle is described by Richmond and further discussed in Cromwell''s "Polyhedra."

The top panel shows the construction used in Richmond''s method to create the side of the inscribed pentagon. The circle defining the pentagon has unit radius. Its center is located at point C and a midpoint M is marked halfway along its radius. This point is joined to the periphery vertically above the center at point D. Angle CMD is bisected, and the bisector intersects the vertical axis at point Q. A horizontal line through Q intersects the circle at point P, and chord PD is the required side of the inscribed pentagon.

To determine the length of this side, the two right triangles DCM and QCM are depicted below the circle. Using Pythagoras'' theorem and two sides, the hypotenuse of the larger triangle is found as . Side h of the smaller triangle then is found using the half-angle formula:

where cosine and sine of ϕ are known from the larger triangle. The result is:

With this side known, attention turns to the lower diagram to find the side s of the regular pentagon. First, side a of the right-hand triangle is found using Pythagoras'' theorem again:

Then s is found using Pythagoras'' theorem and the left-hand triangle as:

The side s is therefore:

a well established result. Consequently, this construction of the pentagon is valid.

Carlyle circlesSee main article: Carlyle circle

Method using Carlyle circlesThe Carlyle circle was invented as a geometric method to find the roots of a quadratic equation. This methodology leads to a procedure for constructing a regular pentagon. The steps are as follows:

Steps 6-8 are equivalent to the following version, shown in the animation:

6a. Construct point F as the midpoint of O and W.7a. Construct a vertical line through F. It intersects the original circle at two of the vertices of the pentagon. The third vertex is the rightmost intersection of the horizontal line with the original circle.8a. Construct the other two vertices using the compass and the length of the vertex found in step 7a.Using trigonometry and the Pythagorean TheoremUsing trigonometry and the Pythagorean Theorem to construct a regular pentagon.The constructionAnother method is this:

A regular pentagon is constructible using a compass and straightedge, either by inscribing one in a given circle or constructing one on a given edge. This process was described by Euclid in his Elements circa 300 BC.

Simply using a protractor (not a classical construction)A direct method using degrees follows:

After forming a regular convex pentagon, if one joins the non-adjacent corners (drawing the diagonals of the pentagon), one obtains a pentagram, with a smaller regular pentagon in the center. Or if one extends the sides until the non-adjacent sides meet, one obtains a larger pentagram. The accuracy of this method depends on the accuracy of the protractor used to measure the angles.

Physical methodsOverhand knot of a paper strip- A regular pentagon may be created from just a strip of paper by tying an overhand knot into the strip and carefully flattening the knot by pulling the ends of the paper strip. Folding one of the ends back over the pentagon will reveal a pentagram when backlit.
- Construct a regular hexagon on stiff paper or card. Crease along the three diameters between opposite vertices. Cut from one vertex to the center to make an equilateral triangular flap. Fix this flap underneath its neighbor to make a pentagonal pyramid. The base of the pyramid is a regular pentagon.

A cyclic pentagon is one for which a circle called the circumcircle goes through all five vertices. The regular pentagon is an example of a cyclic pentagon. The area of a cyclic pentagon, whether regular or not, can be expressed as one fourth the square root of one of the roots of a septic equation whose coefficients are functions of the sides of the pentagon.

There exist cyclic pentagons with rational sides and rational area; these are called Robbins pentagons. In a Robbins pentagon, either all diagonals are rational or all are irrational, and it is conjectured that all the diagonals must be rational.

General convex pentagonsFor all convex pentagons, the sum of the squares of the diagonals is less than 3 times the sum of the squares of the sides.:p.75,#1854

GraphsThe K5 complete graph is often drawn as a regular pentagon with all 10 edges connected. This graph also represents an orthographic projection of the 5 vertices and 10 edges of the 5-cell. The rectified 5-cell, with vertices at the mid-edges of the 5-cell is projected inside a pentagon.

5-cell (4D) | Rectified 5-cell (4D) |

Pentagonal cross-section of okra.

Morning glories, like many other flowers, have a pentagonal shape.

The gynoecium of an apple contains five carpels, arranged in a five-pointed star

Starfruit is another fruit with fivefold symmetry.

A sea star. Many echinoderms have fivefold radial symmetry.

An illustration of brittle stars, also echinoderms with a pentagonal shape.

The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense.

Home plate of a baseball field

A pentagon cannot appear in any tiling made by regular polygons. To prove a pentagon cannot form a regular tiling (one in which all faces are congruent), observe that 360 / 108 = 31⁄3, which is not a whole number. More difficult is proving a pentagon cannot be in any edge-to-edge tiling made by regular polygons:

There are no combinations of regular polygons with 4 or more meeting at a vertex that contain a pentagon. For combinations with 3, if 3 polygons meet at a vertex and one has an odd number of sides, the other 2 must be congruent. The reason for this is that the polygons that touch the edges of the pentagon must alternate around the pentagon, which is impossible because of the pentagon''s odd number of sides. For the pentagon, this results in a polygon whose angles are all (360 − 108) / 2 = 126°. To find the number of sides this polygon has, the result is 360 / (180 − 126) = 62⁄3, which is not a whole number. Therefore, a pentagon cannot appear in any tiling made by regular polygons.

Pentagons in polyhedraDodecahedron | Pyritohedron | Pentagonal icositetrahedron | Pentagonal hexecontahedron | Truncated_trapezohedron |

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