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

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 Donna W. Posts: 2 Registered: 12/10/04
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 vice-versa.

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