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Definition--Polygon Concepts--Compound Figure

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# Compound Figure

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Polygons

## Definition

A polygon is a closed two-dimensional shape with straight line segments, while a compound figure is a shape formed by combining two or more geometric figures.

## Description

Polygons are fundamental geometric shapes that play a crucial role in mathematics and real-world applications. They are characterized by their straight sides and closed nature, with the number of sides determining their specific classification (e.g., triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon). Polygons can be regular, with all sides and angles equal, or irregular, with varying side lengths and angle measures. The study of polygons extends to their properties, such as interior angle sums, diagonals, and symmetry.

Compound figures, on the other hand, are more complex shapes created by combining multiple polygons or other geometric figures. These composite shapes are essential in advanced geometry and have practical applications in architecture, design, and engineering. Understanding compound figures involves analyzing their component parts, calculating areas and perimeters, and recognizing how basic shapes interact to form more intricate structures.

Both polygons and compound figures are integral to spatial reasoning, problem-solving in geometry, and the development of mathematical thinking. They provide a foundation for exploring more advanced topics in geometry and serve as building blocks for understanding complex shapes and structures in the physical world.

For a complete collection of terms related to polygons click on this link: ** Polygons Collection**.

Common Core Standards | CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.G.B.3, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.G.B.4, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.G.A.1, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.D.8, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A.1, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A.3, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSG.CO.A.3 |
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Grade Range | 3 - 8 |

Curriculum Nodes |
Geometry• Polygons• Definition of a Polygon |

Copyright Year | 2021 |

Keywords | polygon, definitions, glossary term, Composite Figure, composite figures |