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Topic: Classification of quadrilaterals
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John Conway

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Re: Classification of quadrilaterals
Posted: Dec 21, 1994 4:29 PM
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Ah yes, I see it IS all quadrilaterals (for which the segments
joining the midpoints of pairs of opposite sides meet) - for the
midpoint of (A+B)/2 and (C+D)/2 is (A+B+C+D)/4, the centroid of
the four vertices. So indeed in ANY quadrilateral these "bisector
segments" bisect each other. Nice try, though.

I don't regard the fact that the bisector segment from AB to CD
bisects the area as really different from the fact that the area
formula works for trapezoids. You're going to have a hard time
convincing me that trapezoids were really worth naming!

I wonder - if one bisector segment of a quadrilateral DOES
bisect it, is it necessarily a trapezoid? It feels as though
it might be.

John Conway

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