Pentagon

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Geometry

Geometry arose as the field of knowledge dealing with spatial relationships. Geometry was one of the two fields of pre-modern mathematics, the other being the study of numbers ....

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**pentagon**(from pente, which is Greek

Greek language

Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages. Native to the southern Balkans, it has the longest documented history of any Indo-European language, spanning 34 centuries of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the majority of its history;...

for the number 5) is any five-sided polygon

Polygon

In geometry a polygon is a flat shape consisting of straight lines that are joined to form a closed chain orcircuit.A polygon is traditionally a plane figure that is bounded by a closed path, composed of a finite sequence of straight line segments...

. A pentagon may be simple or self-intersecting. The sum of the internal angle

Internal angle

In geometry, an interior angle is an angle formed by two sides of a polygon that share an endpoint. For a simple, convex or concave polygon, this angle will be an angle on the 'inner side' of the polygon...

s in a simple

Simple polygon

In geometry, a simple polygon is a closed polygonal chain of line segments in the plane which do not have points in common other than the common vertices of pairs of consecutive segments....

pentagon is 540°. A pentagram

Pentagram

A pentagram is the shape of a five-pointed star drawn with five straight strokes...

is an example of a self-intersecting pentagon.

In a regular pentagon, all sides are equal in length and each interior angle is 108°. It has five lines of reflectional symmetry, and rotational symmetry

Rotational symmetry

Generally speaking, an object with rotational symmetry is an object that looks the same after a certain amount of rotation. An object may have more than one rotational symmetry; for instance, if reflections or turning it over are not counted, the triskelion appearing on the Isle of Man's flag has...

of order 5 (through 72°, 144°, 216° and 288°).

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