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Topic: Trapezoid definition
Replies: 26   Last Post: Oct 7, 2004 11:51 PM

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 Kit Posts: 1 Registered: 12/10/04
Re: Is a rectangle a square?
Posted: Sep 28, 2004 5:21 AM

Pamela Paramour wrote:
>Is a square a rectangle? ...
> If you refer to Webster, ...

Here is a nice story realy happend in german tv, sorry for my bad
english.

In the german quiz-show "Wer wird MillionÃ¤r" (Who becomes a
millionaire) from January, 31 2003 the 8000-Euro question was:
Every rectangle is:
(a) a rhombus
(b) a square
(c) a trapezoid
(d) a parallelogram.

In this show _allways_ exactly one answer is (has to be) correct.
The candidate was so confused, she didn't know if c or d is thw right
answer, so she skipped the question and went home (with "just" 4000
Euro). In the following days the broadcast station got tons of mails,
letters and phone calls. Nearly all "mathematicians" regarded c _and_
d as correct. The broadcast station told, that they looked up in three
different encyclopaedias, all three saying that trapezoids have only
one pair of parallel sides. Taking this definition only d is correct.

That's the problem. Who is right: More than 90 percent of the
mathematicians saying a parallelogram is also an trapezoid or three

The Solomonian solution. In the next week the candidate got a "new"
8000-Euro-question.

Date Subject Author
8/7/00 John Benson
8/8/00 John Conway
8/8/00 Floor van Lamoen
8/8/00 John Conway
8/9/00 Floor van Lamoen
8/9/00 mary krimmel
8/9/00 Lee Rudolph
10/17/02 Julio Albornoz
10/18/02 Walter Whiteley
10/18/02 G.E. Ivey
10/28/03 Pamela Paramour
10/28/03 Walter Whiteley
10/28/03 John Conway
10/29/03 Mary Krimmel
10/29/03 John Conway
10/30/03 Rick Nungester
9/28/04 Kit
9/28/04 David W. Cantrell
9/28/04 NealAgMan@nyc.rr.com
9/28/04 Mary Krimmel
10/7/04 Donna W.
10/7/04 Donna W.
10/23/02 Ken.Pledger@vuw.ac.nz
10/25/02 Pat ballew
8/9/00 Jon Marshall
8/9/00 Floor van Lamoen
8/10/00 John Conway