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Tool: Median of a Trapezoid - Math Open Reference
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An interactive applet and associated web page that demonstrate the median line of a trapezoid (line linking midpoints of non-parallel sides). The applet shows a trapezoid with all vertices draggable. As you drag any vertex, the figure changes to remain trapezoid, and the median line id continually repositioned to remain correct. It can be seen visually that the median remains parallel to the bases and a formula shows that its length is the average of the bases.

Applet can be enlarged to full screen size for use with a classroom projector. After use in the classroom, student can access it again from any web browser at home or in the library with no login required.

This resource is a component of the Math Open Reference Interactive Geometry textbook project at

Technology Type: Java Applet 
Author: John Page
Language: English 
Cost: Does not require payment for use

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Courses: Geometry Trapezoid