The base of a lampshade is a regular hexagon with a side length of 8 inches. Estimate the amount of glass needed to make the lampshade

Hexagon Area = 3*sqrt3 /2 * a^2 where a = base length (8 inches)

Hint: If it's easier for you, split the hexagon into six equilateral triangles, and calculate the area of each one using \(\frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}s^2\) . Then, multiply that by six.

To generalize. the area of a hexagon is \(\frac{3\sqrt{3}}{2}s^2\) .