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Pre-AP Math - Why do honeybees use hexagons for their beehives? -By Mohammad Ali

Why do honeybees use hexagons to make their beehives? Wanna know? Watch this presentation.

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on 3 October 2013

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Transcript of Pre-AP Math - Why do honeybees use hexagons for their beehives? -By Mohammad Ali

By Mohammad Ali
Why do honeybees use hexagons for their beehives?
Okay, let's stop and think for a minute; What shapes can we fit together without having spaces in between?

Alright, Let's think of some shapes. Circles wouldn't work because there would be little spaces in between. The same thing with pentagons and octagons. But squares fit together and can be tightly packed. So do triangles and hexagons.

So there you have it folks. Honeybees use hexagons to make their beehives because they have no gaps in between, they have the 2nd biggest area, they need the least work, and they need the least wax.
So were left with our top three, triangles, squares, and hexagons. But the honeybees didn't just pick hexagons because they thought they were more fashionable than squares and triangles. They use it because it's area is a little bigger than the other two. Triangles have the smallest area of the three, and squares are in the middle.
Even though hexagons have the biggest area of the three, that doesn't mean that they have the biggest area out of all the shapes out there, they're 2nd. In fact, circles are 1st. But, although they have the biggest area, their gaps cancel that out. So hexagons are the best to use measurement wise. They are also good to use because they needs the least work and wax to make them. Wax is like gold to honeybees. It takes 8 and 1/2 ounces of honey to produce 1 ounce of wax.

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Smart Design

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