Pentagon  (5-gon)

Definition: A polygon with 5 sides
Try this Adjust the pentagon below by dragging any orange dot. By clicking on the top left command line, you can switch it between a regular and irregular pentagon.

Properties of regular pentagons

Interior angle 108° Like any regular polygon, to find the interior angle we use the formula   (180n–360)/n . For a pentagon, n=5. See Interior Angles of a Polygon
Exterior Angle 72° To find the exterior angle of a regular pentagon, we use the fact that the exterior angle forms a linear pair with the interior angle, so in general it is given by the formula 180-interior angle. See Exterior Angles of a Polygon
Area 1.72 S2
Where S is the length of a side. To find the exact area of a regular pentagon or any regular polygon, using various methods, see Area of a Regular Polygon and Area of an Irregular Polygon

Properties of all pentagons

Number of diagonals 5 The number of distinct diagonals possible from all vertices. (In general  ½n(n–3)  ). In the figure above, click on "show diagonals" to see them. See Diagonals of a Polygon
Number of triangles 3 The number of triangles created by drawing the diagonals from a given vertex. (In general n–2). In the figure above, click on "show triangles" to see them. See Triangles of a Polygon
Sum of interior angles 540° In general 180(n–2) degrees . See Interior Angles of a Polygon

The Pentagon

Above is the well-known headquarters building for the US Department of Defense - commonly known as "The Pentagon" due to its shape.

As you can see, it has several rings of offices inside. These, in geometric terms, would be called concentric regular pentagons, since they share a common center point and are symmetrical the way a regular polygon is.

It was built in 1943, has 17.5 miles (28 Km) of corridors, and a floor area of 6,500,000 square feet (604,000 m2). In 1992, the Pentagon became a National Historic Landmark.

Other polygon topics


Types of polygon

Area of various polygon types

Perimeter of various polygon types

Angles associated with polygons

Named polygons