# apothem

[ap-uh-them]

- a perpendicular from the center of a regular polygon to one of its sides.

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## Origin of apothem^{}

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#### The "Apothem is a perpendicular from the vertex of a pyramid on a side of the base."

The Solution of the Pyramid ProblemRobert Ballard

#### A peculiarity of this pyramid is, that base is to altitude as apothem is to half base.

The Solution of the Pyramid ProblemRobert Ballard

#### In any pyramid, the apothem is to half the base as the area of the four sides is to the area of the base.

The Solution of the Pyramid ProblemRobert Ballard

#### I have mentioned the above to show how very nearly these ratios agree with my exact ratio of 21 to 34 half base to apothem.

The Solution of the Pyramid ProblemRobert Ballard

## apothem

- the perpendicular line or distance from the centre of a regular polygon to any of its sides

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## Word Origin

C20: from apo- + Greek thema, from tithenai to place

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