
Re: Is a rectangle a square?
Posted:
Oct 7, 2004 10:29 PM


On 28 Oct 03 12:24:59 0500 (EST), Pamela Paramour wrote: >Is a square a rectangle? When did the geniuses of the Math world come >up with that one? If you refer to Webster, a square is a >parallelogram with 4 EQUAL sides and 4 right angles. Wouldn't that >rule out a rectangle? Sorry, but I'm no math wiz, just wondering why >my daughter got that answer wrong on a math quiz. Would love this >explained in Laymons Terms. :)
I have a similiar situation and my question is "If a rectangle is actually a square, why were we ever taught about a shape called a rectangle in the first place. If the shape fits the description of a square, it's a square. No rectangle I have ever seen has looked like or fit the mathematical description of a square and viceversa.

