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Regular tetradecagon
Regular polygon 14 annotated.svg
A regular tetradecagon
Type Regular polygon
Edges and vertices 14
Schläfli symbol {14}, t{7}
Coxeter diagram CDel node 1.pngCDel 14.pngCDel node.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 7.pngCDel node 1.png
Symmetry group Dihedral (D14), order 2×14
Internal angle (degrees) ≈154.2857°
Dual polygon Self
Properties Convex, cyclic, equilateral, isogonal, isotoxal

In geometry, a tetradecagon or tetrakaidecagon or 14-gon is a fourteen-sided polygon.

Regular tetradecagon[edit]

A regular tetradecagon has Schläfli symbol {14} and can be constructed as a quasiregular truncated heptagon, t{7}, which alternates two types of edges.

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


As 14 = 2 × 7, a regular tetradecagon cannot be constructed using a compass and straightedge.[1] However, it is constructible using neusis with use of the angle trisector,[2] or with a marked ruler,[3] as it in the following two examples showned.

Tetradecagon with given circumcircle:
An animation (1 min 47 s) from a neusis construction with radius of circumcircle ,
according to Andrew M. Gleason,[2] based on the angle trisection by means of the Tomahawk., pause at the end of 25 s
Tetradecagon with given side length:
An animation (1 min 20 s) from a neusis construction with marked ruler, according to David Johnson Leisk (Crockett Johnson)[3] for the heptagon, pause at the end of 30 s.

The animation below gives an approximation of about 0.05° on the center angle:

Approximated Tetradecagon Inscribed in a Circle.gif
Construction of an approximated regular tetradecagon

Another possible animation of an approximate construction, also possible with using straightedge and compass.

Regular tetradecagon, approximation construction as an animation (3 min 16 s), pause at the end of 25 s

Based on the unit circle r = 1 [unit of length]

  • Constructed side length of the tetradecagon in GeoGebra = 0.445041867912629... [unit of length]
  • Side length of the tetradecagon = = 0.4450418679126288089... [unit of length]
  • Absolute error of the constructed side length = 1.911...E-16 [unit of length]
  • Constructed central angle of the tetradecagon in GeoGebra = 25.714285714285705...°
  • Central angle of the tetradecagon = = 25.714285714285714285...°
  • Absolute error of the constructed central angle = -9.285...E-15°

Example to illustrate the error

  • At a radius r = 1 billion km (the light would need about 55 min for this distance) the absolute error of the side length constructed would be approx. 0.2 mm.

For details, see: Wikibooks: Tetradecagon, construction description (German)


Symmetries of a regular tetradecagon. Vertices are colored by their symmetry positions. Blue mirrors are drawn through vertices, and purple mirrors are drawn through edge. Gyration orders are given in the center.

The regular tetradecagon has Dih14 symmetry, order 28. There are 3 subgroup dihedral symmetries: Dih7, Dih2, and Dih1, and 4 cyclic group symmetries: Z14, Z7, Z2, and Z1.

These 8 symmetries can be seen in 10 distinct symmetries on the tetradecagon, a larger number because the lines of reflections can either pass through vertices or edges. John Conway labels these by a letter and group order.[4] Full symmetry of the regular form is r28 and no symmetry is labeled a1. The dihedral symmetries are divided depending on whether they pass through vertices (d for diagonal) or edges (p for perpendiculars), and i when reflection lines path through both edges and vertices. Cyclic symmetries in the middle column are labeled as g for their central gyration orders.

Each subgroup symmetry allows one or more degrees of freedom for irregular forms. Only the g14 subgroup has no degrees of freedom but can seen as directed edges.

The highest symmetry irregular tetradecagons are d14, a isogonal dotetradecagon constructed by five mirrors which can alternate long and short edges, and p14, an isotoxal tetradecagon, 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 tetradecagon.

Numismatic use[edit]

The regular tetradecagon is used as the shape of some commemorative gold and silver Malaysian coins, the number of sides representing the 14 states of the Malaysian Federation.[5]

Related figures[edit]

A tetradecagram is a 14-sided star polygon, represented by symbol {14/n}. There are two regular star polygons: {14/3} and {14/5}, using the same vertices, but connecting every third or fifth points. There are also three compounds: {14/2} is reduced to 2{7} as two heptagons, while {14/4} and {14/6} are reduced to 2{7/2} and 2{7/3} as two different heptagrams, and finally {14/7} is reduced to seven digons.

Deeper truncations of the regular heptagon and heptagrams can produce isogonal (vertex-transitive) intermediate tetradecagram forms with equally spaced vertices and two edge lengths. Other truncations can form double covering polyons 2{p/q}, namely: t{7/6}={14/6}=2{7/3}, t{7/4}={14/4}=2{7/2}, and t{7/2}={14/2}=2{7}.[6]

Petrie polygons[edit]

Regular skew tetradecagons exist as Petrie polygon for many higher-dimensional polytopes, shown in these skew orthogonal projections, including:


  1. ^ Wantzel, Pierre (1837). "Recherches sur les moyens de Reconnaître si un Problème de géométrie peau se résoudre avec la règle et le compas" (PDF). Journal de Mathématiques: 366–372. 
  2. ^ a b Gleason, Andrew Mattei (March 1988). "Angle trisection, the heptagon, p. 186 (Fig.1) –187" (PDF). The American Mathematical Monthly. 95 (3): 185–194. doi:10.2307/2323624. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-02. 
  3. ^ a b Weisstein, Eric W. "Heptagon." From MathWorld, A Wolfram Web Resource.
  4. ^ John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel, Chaim Goodman-Strauss, (2008) The Symmetries of Things, ISBN 978-1-56881-220-5 (Chapter 20, Generalized Schaefli symbols, Types of symmetry of a polygon pp. 275-278)
  5. ^ The Numismatist, Volume 96, Issues 7-12, Page 1409, American Numismatic Association, 1983.
  6. ^ The Lighter Side of Mathematics: Proceedings of the Eugène Strens Memorial Conference on Recreational Mathematics and its History, (1994), Metamorphoses of polygons, Branko Grünbaum

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