# Rectangle - Definitions and Constructions

- Author:
- Tibor Marcinek

- Topic:
- Constructions, Quadrilaterals, Rectangle

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Our minimal definition:

**Rectangle**– a quadrilateral with three right angles ***************************************************************************** Construct a rectangle. Then observe other constructions and answer the questions below.## Your construction:

What is the definition on which your construction is based?

## Other rectangle constructions

If you want to follow the construction steps, use the navigation buttons at the bottom to scroll through the steps. If you want to see the description/definition of an object, right click it (control+click on Mac).

## Construction 1:

C1: What is the definition used in this construction?

## Construction 2:

C2. What is the definition used in this construction?

## Construction 3:

C3. What is the definition used in this construction?

## ++++++++++ Your own definition(s) ++++++++++++++

Before reading on, spend a few minutes playing with GeoGebra and try to come up with your own definition(s) of a rectangle. For example, can you define rectangle as a special case of trapezoid or parallelogram? etc. Is your definition valid? Is it minimal? Is it equivalent to our minimal definition?

## Construction 4:

This is a "reverse" question. Given the definition below, decide if it is a valid definition of a rectangle, equivalent to our minimal definition. You may want to construct it strictly from the definition and then play with your construction to formulate your conclusion.
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A trapezoid with two right angles at one of its bases*.
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* Bases of a trapezoid are the two sides that are parallel by the definition.

## Your construction 4:

C4. Is this a valid definiton of a rectangle equivalent to our minimal definition?

## Construction 5:

This is a "reverse" question. Given the definition below, decide if it is a valid definition of a rectangle, equivalent to our minimal definition. You may want to construct it strictly from the definition and then play with your construction to formulate your conclusion.
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A quadrilateral with mutally bisecting* congruent diagonals.
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* This means that diagonals intersect at their midpoints.

## Your construction 5:

C5. Is this a valid definiton of a rectangle equivalent to our minimal definition?