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Manipulative 1 - Types of Quadrilaterals Created with GeoGebra.

A quadrilateral is any four-sided polygon. Many of the figures studied in elementary plane geometry are quadrilaterals. Manipulative 1 shows different types of quadrilaterals and their names.

  • A quadrilateral is a polygon with four sides.
  • A kite is a quadrilateral where two pair of adjacent sides are equal.
  • A trapezoid is a quadrilateral with two sides that are parallel. The parallel sides are opposite each other.
  • A parallelogram is a quadrilateral where both sets of opposite sides are parallel.
  • A rectangle is a parallelogram where the sides meet at right angles.
  • A rhombus is a quadrilateral with four equal sides.
  • A square is a rectangle with equal sides.


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McAdams, David E. Quadrilateral. 3/28/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/q/quadrilateral.html.

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12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
12/3/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, updated geogebra app. (McAdams, David E.)
8/7/2018: Changed vocabulary links to WORDLINK format. (McAdams, David E.)
8/3/2018: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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