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|After doing this||Your work should look like this|
|We start with a line segment AF. This will become one side of the hexagon. Because we are constructing a regular hexagon, the other five sides will have this length also.|
|1. Set the compasses' point on A, and set its width to F. the compasses must remain at this width for the remainder of the construction.|
|2. From points A and F, draw two arcs so that they intersect. Mark this as point O.
This is the center of the hexagon's circumcircle.
|3. Move the compasses to O and draw a circle.
This is the hexagon's circumcircle - the circle that passes through all six vertices
|4. Move the compasses on to A and draw an arc across the circle. This is the next vertex of the hexagon.|
|5. Move the compasses to this arc and draw an arc across the circle to create the next vertex.|
|6. Continue in this way until you have all six vertices. (Four new ones plus the points A and F you started with.)|
|7. Draw a line between each successive pairs of vertices.|
|8. Done. These lines form a regular hexagon where each side is equal in length to AF.|