Kites And TrianglesDate: 11/02/98 at 15:57:39 From: Omar Jackson Subject: Kites What are kites, and how are they related to triangles? Date: 11/02/98 at 17:56:51 From: Doctor Pat Subject: Re: Kites Omar, A kite is a quadrilateral with two pairs of adjacent sides congruent. Think of a picture of a kite - something like this: . /|\ / | \ / | \ / | \ /____|____\ \ | / \ | / \ | / \ | / \|/ ' A kite can be formed by putting two isosceles triangles with the same base together. Many properties of the kite make it special. For example, it always has perpendicular diagonals, so its area is 1/2 the product of the diagonals and it can always be broken into four right triangles. - Doctor Pat, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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