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1. A quadrilateral figure is one which is bounded by four straight
lines. Ex. ABCD
2. A parallelogram is a quadrilateral, of which the opposite sides
are parallel and equal. Ex. ABCD
NOTE.—Quadrilaterals fall into six classes, four of which are parallelograms-viz., the square, the rectangle, the rhombus, and the rhomboid.
3. A square is a parallelogram which has all its sides equal, and all
its angles right angles. Ex. ABCD.
4. A rectangle is a parallelogram which has only its opposite sides
equal, but all its angles right angles. Ex. ABCD
NOTE. —This kind of parallelogram is also termed an oblong. 5. A rhombus is a parallelogram which has all its sides equal, but
its angles are not right angles. Ex. ABCD
NOTE.—In each case its opposite angles are equal to each other.
6. A rhomboid is a parallelogram which has only its opposite sides
equal, but its angles are not right angles. EX. ABCD
Note 1.-As in the preceding figure, its opposite angles are equal to each other.
NOTE 2.—The remaining classes of quadrilaterals are the tra
pezium and the trapezoid. 7. A trapezium is a quadrilateral which has none of its sides
parallel. Ex. ABCD
8. A trapezoid is a quadrilateral which has only two of its sides
parallel. E.. ABCD—
NOTE 1.- Some of its sides and angles may be equal.
Note 2.-All quadrilateral figures are also called quadrangles, as they have also four angles.
9. A diagonal of a quadrilateral is a straight line which joins any
two of its opposite angles. Ex. AB
10. A diameter is a straight line drawn through its centre parallel
to two of its sides. Ex. AB
1. At B in the given line AB erect a perpendicular BC
equal to AB (Pr. 2). 2. From the point A, with radius AB, describe an arc 3. From C, with the same radius, cut the arc in D.
To construct a square, the diagonal AB being given.
1. Bisect AB by the perpendicular CD (Pr. 1).
2. Cut off EF, and EG, equal to EA or EB.
required, having the given diagonal AB.
To construct a rectangle, the lengths of two of the sides AB and BC being given.
1. From the point B in the given line AB, erect BC per
pendicular to AB (Pr. 2), and equal to the given line BC.
2. From A, with radius BC, describe an arc above A.
To construct a rectangle, one side AB and its diagonal AC being given.
1. Bisect the diagonal AC in E (Pr. 1), and from E as
centre, with the radius EA or EC, describe a circle. 2. From A and C as centres, with the given line AB as radius,
describe arcs B and D. 3. Join AB, BC, CD, and DA. Then ABCD is the rectangle