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Christie has tied a string that is cm long into a closed loop, like the one at right. 

A closed loop of string.

  1. She decides to form an equilateral triangle with her string. What is the area of the triangle?

    The length of each side will be cm. Use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve for the height of the triangle, which will then allow you to calculate its area.

    An equilateral triangle, side, 8, where a perpendicular line is dropped from the top vertex to the bottom base splitting the bottom base into two lengths of 4.

  2. She then forms a square with the same loop of string. What is the area of the square? Is it larger or smaller than the area of the equilateral triangle she created in part (a)?

    The length of each side of the square will be cm.

  3. If she forms a regular hexagon with her string, what would be its area? Compare this area with the areas of the square and equilateral triangle from parts (a) and (b).

    Each side of the hexagon will be cm. A hexagon is made of six equilateral triangles, so use the hint in part (a) to calculate the area of one equilateral triangle and then multiply it by .

  4. Christie has a conjecture about what shape made with the string will enclose the greatest area. What shape do you think that Christie might be thinking of?

    The more sides a shape has, the greater its area.

    A circle will have the greatest area.