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# Quadrilaterals for SQA National 5 Maths 1. Squares
2. Rectangles
3. Trapezia
4. Kites
5. Rhombi

A square is a quadrilateral with four equal sides and four 90º angles. The diagonals of a square bisect each other and are perpendicular to each other, therefore they are perpendicular bisectors. The diagonals of a square are equal to each other. Opposite sides of a square are parallel. A rectangle is a quadrilateral with four 90º interior angles and opposite sides which are equal and parallel. The diagonals of a rectangle bisect each other. A trapezium is a quadrilateral with one pair of opposite parallel sides. The sum of the interior angles of a trapezium is 360º. The area of a trapezium can be calculated using the following formula: (a + b)h/2, where h is the perpendicular height of the trapezium, and a and b are its opposite parallel sides. A kite is a quadrilateral with two pairs of equal sides and one pair of equal angles. The sum of the interior angles of a kite is 360º. The diagonals of a kite bisect each other perpendicularly. A rhombus is a quadrilateral with four equal sides, where opposite sides are parallel, and two pairs of opposite, equal angles. The sum of the interior angles of a rhombus is 360º. The diagonals of a rhombus bisect each other perpendicularly. # 1

Given that a is 20 cm, b is 22 cm and h is 13 cm in the given diagram, calculate the area of the trapezium.

Area = (20 + 22)(13)/2 = 273 cm². # 2

How is a rhombus different to a trapezium?

A trapezium only has one pair of parallel sides, whereas a rhombus has two pairs of parallel sides which are also equal. # 3

Sketch a rhombus, depicting its properties.

image # 4

Describe what is meant by perpendicular bisectors.

Two lines are perpendicular bisectors if they are perpendicular to each other and bisect each other. # 5

Find the value of x.

2x + x + 110 + 70 = 360º, therefore 3x = 180 and x = 60º. End of page