I want to create a regular polygon with a given side length, s, and an maximum radius, r1.

A regular polygon

The radius value needs to be decreased (or increased if it simplifies things) to the closest length, r2, that will create a regular polygon, i.e. with the given side length s, and any integer number of sides, n.

So from s and r1 you need to calculate a new, nearby r2 and the associated n.

Is this possible? It seems like something that should be straight forward, but I'm not sure where to start.

[Edit: changed apothem to radius in the question, as radius would ultimately be more helpful.]


Solution sketch:

The circumradius $r$ of a regular polygon is $$r=\frac{s}{2\sin(\frac{\pi}{n})}$$

Solve for $n$ and calculate the value with the given $r$ and $s$. Remove the fractional part of $n$ (floor). This is your $n$. Then calculate the new $r$.


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