Find number of diagonals in n sided convex polygon

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Given n > 3, find number of diagonals in n sided convex polygon.

According to Wikipedia, In geometry, a diagonal is a line segment joining two vertices of a polygon or polyhedron, when those vertices are not on the same edge. Informally, any sloping line is called diagonal.

Examples:

Input : 5
Output : 5

Explanation: Five possible diagonals are : AC, AD, BD, BE, CE

Solution :

Since for an n-sided convex polygon, from each vertex, we can draw n-3 diagonals leaving two adjacent vertices and itself. Following this way for n-vertices, there will be n*(n-3) diagonals but then we will be calculating each diagonal twice so total number of diagonals become n*(n-3)/2

Here is code for above formula.

C++

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

// C++ function to find number of diagonals
// in n sided convex polygon
int numberOfDiagonals(int n)
{
    return n*(n-3)/2;
}

// driver code to test above function
int main()
{
    int n = 5;
    cout << n << " sided convex polygon have ";
    cout << numberOfDiagonals(n) << " diagonals";
    return 0;
} 

Java

// Java function to find number of diagonals
// in n sided convex polygon

public class Diagonals
{
    static int numberOfDiagonals(int n)
    {
        return n*(n-3)/2;
    }
    
    // driver code to test above function
    public static void main (String[] args)
    {
        int n = 5;
        System.out.print(n + " sided convex polygon have ");
        System.out.println(numberOfDiagonals(n) + " diagonals");
    }
}

// This code is contributed by Saket Kumar


Output:

5 sided convex polygon have 5 diagonals

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