I sent my frustrated note, then I found my basic math skills book and found an answer I'm satisfied with.
A rectangle is a geometric figure with four straight sides, opposite sides parellel, and each corner angle a right or 90 degree angle. A square is simply a rectangle with all four sides of equal length.
So, by definition, a square is a rectangle, however, a rectangle is not always square.
I wish they would include parent refresher guidelines with our children's schoolbooks so we could really help them instead of seeming so dumb. A lot of what I learned I have never really used or thought about since I was their age.
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. :)