Definition: A line segment from the center of a regular polygon to the midpoint of a side.

Try this
Adjust the polygon below by dragging any orange dot, or alter the number of sides. Note the behavior of the apothem line shown in blue.

The apothem is also the radius of the incircle of the polygon. For a polygon of n sides, there are n possible apothems, all the same length of course. The word apothem can refer to the line itself, or the length of that line. So you can correctly say 'draw the apothem' and 'the apothem is 4cm'.

Each formula below shows how to find the length of the apothem of a regular polygon. Use the formula that uses the facts you are given to start.

where:

*s* is the length of any side

*n* is the number of sides

*tan* is the tangent function calculated in **degrees** (see Trigonometry Overview)

where

*r* is the radius (circumradius) of the polygon

*n* is the number of sides

*cos* is the cosine function calculated in **degrees** (see Trigonometry Overview)

- Polygon general definition
- Quadrilateral
- Regular polygon
- Irregular polygon
- Convex polygons
- Concave polygons
- Polygon diagonals
- Polygon triangles
- Apothem of a regular polygon
- Polygon center
- Radius of a regular polygon
- Incircle of a regular polygon
- Incenter of a regular polygon
- Circumcircle of a polygon
- Parallelogram inscribed in a quadrilateral

- Square
- Diagonals of a square
- Rectangle
- Diagonals of a rectangle
- Golden rectangle
- Parallelogram
- Rhombus
- Trapezoid
- Trapezoid median
- Kite
- Inscribed (cyclic) quadrilateral

- Regular polygon area
- Irregular polygon area
- Rhombus area
- Kite area
- Rectangle area
- Area of a square
- Trapezoid area
- Parallelogram area

- Perimeter of a polygon (regular and irregular)
- Perimeter of a triangle
- Perimeter of a rectangle
- Perimeter of a square
- Perimeter of a parallelogram
- Perimeter of a rhombus
- Perimeter of a trapezoid
- Perimeter of a kite

- Exterior angles of a polygon
- Interior angles of a polygon
- Relationship of interior/exterior angles
- Polygon central angle

- Tetragon, 4 sides
- Pentagon, 5 sides
- Hexagon, 6 sides
- Heptagon, 7 sides
- Octagon, 8 sides
- Nonagon Enneagon, 9 sides
- Decagon, 10 sides
- Undecagon, 11 sides
- Dodecagon, 12 sides

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