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A regular 15-gon has <math>L</math> lines of symmetry, and the smallest positive angle for which it has rotational symmetry is <math>R</math> degrees. What is <math>L+R</math> ? | A regular 15-gon has <math>L</math> lines of symmetry, and the smallest positive angle for which it has rotational symmetry is <math>R</math> degrees. What is <math>L+R</math> ? | ||
− | <math>\textbf{(A)}\; | + | <math>\textbf{(A)}\; 24 \qquad\textbf{(B)}\; 27 \qquad\textbf{(C)}\; 32 \qquad\textbf{(D)}\; 39 \qquad\textbf{(E)}\; 54</math> |
==Solution== | ==Solution== | ||
− | + | From consideration of a smaller regular polygon with an odd number of sides (e.g. a pentagon), we see that the lines of symmetry go through a vertex of the polygon and bisect the opposite side. Hence <math>L=15</math>, the number of sides / vertices. The smallest angle for a rotational symmetry transforms one side into an adjacent side, hence <math>R = 360^\circ / 15 = 24^\circ</math>, the number of degrees between adjacent sides. Therefore the answer is <math>L + R = 15 + 24 = \boxed{\textbf{(D)} \, 39}</math>. | |
==See Also== | ==See Also== | ||
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Problem
A regular 15-gon has lines of symmetry, and the smallest positive angle for which it has rotational symmetry is degrees. What is ?
Solution
From consideration of a smaller regular polygon with an odd number of sides (e.g. a pentagon), we see that the lines of symmetry go through a vertex of the polygon and bisect the opposite side. Hence , the number of sides / vertices. The smallest angle for a rotational symmetry transforms one side into an adjacent side, hence , the number of degrees between adjacent sides. Therefore the answer is .
See Also
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