Hexagon inscribed in a circle
Geometry construction using a compass and straightedge

This page shows how to construct (draw) a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle with a compass and straightedge or ruler. This is the largest hexagon that will fit in the circle, with each vertex touching the circle. Ina regular hexagon, the side length is equal to the distance from the center to a vertex, so we use this fact to set the compass to the proper side length, then step around the circle marking off the vertices.

Printable step-by-step instructions

The above animation is available as a printable step-by-step instruction sheet, which can be used for making handouts or when a computer is not available.

Explanation of method

As can be seen in Definition of a Hexagon, each side of a regular hexagon is equal to the distance from the center to any vertex. This construction simply sets the compass width to that radius, and then steps that length off around the circle to create the six vertices of the hexagon.

Try it yourself

Click here for a printable worksheet containing two problems to try. When you get to the page, use the browser print command to print as many as you wish. The printed output is not copyright.

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