Octagon

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Regular octagon
Regular polygon 8 annotated.svg
A regular octagon
Type Regular polygon
Edges and vertices 8
Schläfli symbol {8}
t{4}
Coxeter diagram CDel node 1.pngCDel 8.pngCDel node.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.png
Symmetry group Dihedral (D8), order 2×8
Internal angle (degrees) 135°
Dual polygon self
Properties convex, cyclic, equilateral, isogonal, isotoxal

In geometry, an octagon (from the Greek ὀκτάγωνον oktágōnon, "eight angles") is a polygon that has eight sides.

Regular octagon[edit]

A regular octagon is a closed figure with sides of the same length and internal angles of the same size. It has eight lines of reflective symmetry and rotational symmetry of order 8. A regular octagon is represented by the Schläfli symbol {8}. The internal angle at each vertex of a regular octagon is 135° and the sum of all the internal angles of any octagon is 1080° (as with all polygons, the external angles total 360°).

Area[edit]

The area of a regular octagon of side length a is given by

A = 2 \cot \frac{\pi}{8} a^2 = 2(1+\sqrt{2})a^2 \simeq 4.828427125\,a^2.

In terms of the circumradius R, the area is

A = 4 \sin \frac{\pi}{4} R^2 = 2\sqrt{2}R^2 \simeq 2.828427\,R^2.

In terms of the apothem r (see also inscribed figure), the area is

A = 8 \tan \frac{\pi}{8} r^2 = 8(\sqrt{2}-1)r^2 \simeq 3.3137085\,r^2.

These last two coefficients bracket the value of pi, the area of the unit circle.

The area of a regular octagon can be computed as a truncated square.

The area can also be derived as follows:

\,\!A=S^2-a^2,

where S is the span of the octagon, or the second shortest diagonal; and a is the length of one of the sides, or bases. This is easily proven if one takes an octagon, draws a square around the outside (making sure that four of the eight sides touch the four sides of the square) and then taking the corner triangles (these are 45–45–90 triangles) and placing them with right angles pointed inward, forming a square. The edges of this square are each the length of the base.

Given the length of a side a, the span S is:

S=\frac{a}{\sqrt{2}}+a+\frac{a}{\sqrt{2}}=(1+\sqrt{2})a
S \approx 2.414a

The area is then as above:

A=((1+\sqrt{2})a)^2-a^2=2(1+\sqrt{2})a^2
A \approx 4.828a^2

Expressed in terms of the span, area is:

A=2(\sqrt{2}-1)S^2
A \approx 0.828S^2

Another simple formula for the area is

\ A=2aS.

More often the span S is known, and the length of the sides, a, is to be determined, as when cutting a square piece of material into a regular octagon. From the above:

a \approx S/2.414

The two end lengths e on each side, as well as being e=a/sqrt{2}, may be calculated as:

\,\!e=(S-a)/2

Construction and elementary properties[edit]

A regular octagon may be constructed as follows:

  1. Draw a circle and a diameter AOB, where O is the center and A,B are points on the circumference.
  2. Draw another diameter COD, perpendicular to AOB.
  3. (Note in passing that A,B,C,D are vertices of a square).
  4. Draw the bisectors of the right angles AOC and BOC, making two more diameters EOF and GOH.
  5. A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H are the vertices of the octagon.

Each side of a regular octagon subtends half a right angle at the centre of the circle which connects its vertices. Its area can thus be computed as the sum of 8 isosceles triangles, leading to the result:

Area = 2 a^2 (\sqrt{2} + 1)

for an octagon of side a.

Standard coordinates[edit]

The coordinates for the vertices of a regular octagon centered at the origin and with side length 2 are:

  • (±1, ±(1+√2))
  • (±(1+√2), ±1).

Uses of octagons[edit]

The octagonal floor plan, Dome of the Rock.

The octagonal shape is used as a design element in architecture. The Dome of the Rock has a characteristic octagonal plan. The Tower of the Winds in Athens is another example of an octagonal structure. The octagonal plan has also been in church architecture such as St. George's Cathedral, Addis Ababa, Basilica of San Vitale (in Ravenna, Italia), Castel del Monte (Apulia, Italia), Florence Baptistery, Zum Friedefürsten church (Germany) and a number of octagonal churches in Norway. The central space in the Aachen Cathedral, the Carolingian Palatine Chapel, has a regular octagonal floorplan. Uses of octagons in churches also include lesser design elements, such as the octagonal apse of Nidaros Cathedral.

Other uses[edit]

Variations from regular octagons[edit]

A vertex-transitive (isogonal) octagon is construct in four mirrors can alternate long and short edges. An edge-transitive octagon (isotoxal) is constructed with equal edge lengths, but vertices alternating two different internal angles. These two forms are duals of each other and have half the symmetry order of the regular octagon.

Vertex-transitive-octagon.svg
Isogonal
Isotoxal octagon.png
Isotoxal

Skew octagon[edit]

A regular skew octagon seen as edges of a square antiprism

A skew octagon is a skew polygon with 8 vertices and edges but not existing on the same plane. The interior of such an octagon is not generally defined. A skew zig-zag octagon has vertices alternating between two parallel planes.

A regular skew octagon is vertex-transitive with equal edge lengths. In 3-dimensions it will be a zig-zag skew octagon and can be seen in the vertices and side edges of a square antiprism with the same D4d, [2+,8] symmetry, order 16.

Derived figures[edit]

Related polytopes[edit]

The octagon, as a truncated square, is first in a sequence of truncated hypercubes:

Truncated hypercubes
Regular polygon 8 annotated.svg 3-cube t01.svgTruncated hexahedron.png 4-cube t01.svgSchlegel half-solid truncated tesseract.png 5-cube t01.svg5-cube t01 A3.svg 6-cube t01.svg6-cube t01 A5.svg 7-cube t01.svg7-cube t01 A5.svg 8-cube t01.svg8-cube t01 A7.svg ...
Octagon Truncated cube Truncated tesseract Truncated 5-cube Truncated 6-cube Truncated 7-cube Truncated 8-cube
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As an expanded square, it is also first in a sequence of expanded hypercubes:

Expanded hypercubes
Regular polygon 8 annotated.svg 3-cube t02.svgSmall rhombicuboctahedron.png 4-cube t03.svgSchlegel half-solid runcinated 8-cell.png 5-cube t04.svg5-cube t04 A3.svg 6-cube t05.svg6-cube t05 A5.svg 7-cube t06.svg7-cube t06 A5.svg 8-cube t07.svg8-cube t07 A7.svg ...
Octagon Rhombicuboctahedron Runcinated tesseract Stericated 5-cube Pentellated 6-cube Hexicated 7-cube Heptellated 8-cube
CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png

Petrie polygons[edit]

The octagon is the Petrie polygon for these higher-dimensional regular and uniform polytopes, shown in these skew orthogonal projections of in A7, B4, and D5 Coxeter planes.

A7 D5 B4
7-simplex t0.svg
7-simplex
5-demicube t0 D5.svg
5-demicube
4-cube t3.svg
16-cell
4-cube t0.svg
Tesseract

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