The hexagonal pyramid is a stunning shape. It is a wonderful pyramid to use when your child is starting to study the cone, as a method of showing the properties of a polygon inscribed in a circle, and how when the number of sides of a polygon is increased, its area starts approaching the area of a circle with the same radius.
Of course this is also a very early introduction to limits in calculus - but we are not going to explore this concept at a site intended for elementary aged kidos!
Image | |
Base Shape | |
Faces |
SEVEN - The six side faces are triangles and the base shape is a hexagon. |
Vertices |
7 Vertices |
Edges |
12 Edges |
Surface Area |
Where: t = lateral height; P = Perimeter of Base; B = Area of Base |
Volume |
B = Area of Base; h = Perpendicular Height |
Area of Hexagon |
Your student is not expected to know or use this formula, I have put it here for interest purposes only. If your child is expected to find the area of a Hexagon, it will be by calculating the area of triangles, when they are given the value of the Apothem. Click the button below to get a full explanation of this method. |
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