Median of a Trapezoid
Pronunciation: /ˈmi di ən ʌv ɑ ˈtræ pəˌzɔɪd/ Explain
The median of a trapezoid is a
line segment
that joins the midpoints of the nonparallel sides. To draw the
median of a trapezoid:
 Identify the nonparallel sides.
 Find the
midpoint
of the first nonparallel side. Use the method of
constructing a segment bisector.
 Find the midpoint of the second nonparallel side.
 Draw a line segment from one midpoint to the next.

Click on the blue points and drag them to change the figure. Click on the blue slider and drag it to see each step.
What can you say about the distance from the median to the parallel sides of the trapezoid?
 Manipulative 1  How to Construct the Median of a Trapezoid Created with GeoGebra. 

Cite this article as:
McAdams, David E. Median of a Trapezoid. 9/4/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/m/medianofatrapezoid.html.
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