In Geometry, the shapes or objects are classified based on the number of sides. The different classification of shapes are:
- Triangle ( 3-sides)
- Quadrilateral (4-sides)
- Pentagon (5-sides)
- Hexagon (6-sides)
- Heptagon (7-sides)
- Octagon (8-sides) and so on.
In this article, we are going to discuss “Quadrilaterals” in detail.
A quadrilateral is a plane figure that has four sides or edges, and also have four corners or vertices. Quadrilaterals will typically be of standard shapes with four sides like rectangle, square, trapezoid, and kite or irregular and uncharacterized as shown below:
Types of Quadrilaterals
There are many types of quadrilaterals. As the word ‘Quad’ means four, all these types of a quadrilateral have four sides, and the sum of angles of these shapes is 360 degrees.
Another way to classify the types of quadrilaterals are:
- Convex Quadrilaterals: Both the diagonals of a quadrilateral are completely contained within a figure.
- Concave Quadrilaterals: At least one of the diagonals lies partly are entirely outside of the figure.
- Intersecting Quadrilaterals: Intersecting quadrilaterals are not simple quadrilaterals in which the pair of non-adjacent sides intersect. This kind of quadrilaterals are known as self-intersecting or crossed quadrilaterals
The images of these quadrilaterals are given below:
The area of the quadrilateral is the total space occupied by the figure. The area formula for the different quadrilaterals are given below:
|Area of a Parallelogram||Base x Height|
|Area of a Rectangle||Length x Width|
|Area of a Square||Side x Side|
|Area of a Rhombus||(1/2) x Diagonal 1 x Diagonal 2|
|Area of a Kite||1/2 x Diagonal 1 x Diagonal 2|
Perimeter of Quadrilateral
Perimeter is the total distance covered by the boundary of a 2d shape. Since we know the quadrilateral has four sides, therefore, the perimeter of any quadrilateral will be equal to the sum of the length of all four sides. If ABCD is a quadrilateral then, the perimeter of ABCD is:
Perimeter = AB + BC + CD + AD
|Square||4 x Side|
|Rectangle||2(Length + Breadth)|
|Parallelogram||2(Base + Side)|
|Rhombus||4 x Side|
|Kite||2 (a + b), a and b are adjacent pairs|
Let us understand in a better way with the help of an example:
- Four sides: AB, BC, CD, and DA
- Four vertices: Points A, B, C, and D
- Four angles: ∠ABC, ∠BCD, ∠CDA, and ∠DAB
- ∠A and ∠B are adjacent angles
- ∠A and ∠C are the opposite angles
- AB and CD are the opposite sides
- AB and BC are the adjacent sides
A quadrilateral is a 4-sided plane figure. Below are some important properties of quadrilaterals :
- Every quadrilateral has 4 vertices, 4 angles, and 4 sides
- The total of its interior angles = 360 degrees
- All the sides of the square are of equal measure
- The sides are parallel to each other
- All the interior angles of a square are at 90 degrees (i.e., right angle)
- The diagonals of a square perpendicular bisect each other
- The opposite sides of a rectangle are of equal length
- The opposite sides are parallel to each other
- All the interior angles of a rectangle are at 90 degrees.
- The diagonals of a rectangle bisect each other.
- All the four sides of a rhombus are of the same measure
- The opposite sides of the rhombus are parallel to each other
- The opposite angles are of the same measure
- The sum of any two adjacent angles of a rhombus is equal to 180 degrees
- The diagonals perpendicularly bisect each other
- The opposite side of the parallelogram are of the same length
- The opposite sides are parallel to each other
- The diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other
- The opposite angles are of equal measure
- The sum of two adjacent angles of a parallelogram is equal to 180 degrees
Properties of Trapezium
- Only one pair of the opposite side of a trapezium is parallel to each other
- The two adjacent sides of a trapezium are supplementary (180 degrees)
- The diagonals of a trapezium bisect each other in the same ratio
Properties of Kite
- The pair of adjacent sides of a kite are of the same length
- The largest diagonal of a kite bisect the smallest diagonal
- Only one pair of opposite angles are of the same measure.
Summary of Quadrilateral Properties
|All sides are equal||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|Opposite sides are parallel||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Opposite sides are equal||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|All the angles are of the same measure||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Opposite angles are of equal measure||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Diagonals bisect each other||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Two adjacent angles are supplementary||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
Notes on Quadrilateral
- A quadrilateral is a trapezoid or a trapezium if 2 of its sides parallel to each other.
- A quadrilateral is a parallelogram if 2 pairs of sides parallel to each other.
- Squares and Rectangles are special types of parallelograms. Below are some special properties.– All internal angles are of “right angle” (90 degrees).– Each figure contains 4 right angles.– Sides of a square are of the same length (all sides are congruent) – Opposite sides of a rectangle are same.– Opposite sides of a rectangle and square are parallel.
- A quadrilateral is a rhombus, if
- All the sides are of equal length-Specified 2 pairs of sides are parallel to each other.
- A kite is a special sort of quadrilateral, in which 2 pairs of adjacent sides are equal to each other.
Quadrilaterals Solved Examples
Example 1: What is the base of a rhombus, if its area is 40 square units and the height is 8 units?
Area = 40 square units
Height = 8 units
Area of rhombus = Base × Height
40 = Base × 8
Base = 40/8 = 5 units
Example 2: If 15 metre and 6 metres are diagonal lengths of a kite, then what is its area?
Solution: Given, diagonal 1 = 15 metre and diagonal 2 = 6 metre. So, the area is simply calculated as, (1/2)(15×6) = 45 m2.
Example 3: Find the perimeter of the quadrilateral with sides 5 cm, 7 cm, 9 cm and 11 cm.
Solution: Given, sides of quadrilateral are 5 cm, 7 cm, 9 cm and 11 cm.
Therefore, perimeter of quadrilateral is:
P = 5 cm + 7 cm + 9 cm + 11 cm = 32 cm
Example 4: The perimeter of the quadrilateral is 50 cm and the lengths of three sides are 9 cm, 13 cm and 17 cm. Find the missing side of the quadrilateral.
Solution: Let the unknown side of the quadrilateral = x
Given, Perimeter of the quadrilateral = 50 cm
The lengths of other three sides are 9 cm, 13 cm and 17 cm
As we know,
Perimeter = sum of all the four sides.
50 = 9 cm + 13 cm + 17 cm + x
50 = 39 + x
x = 50 – 39
x = 11
Therefore, the fourth side of quadrilateral = 11 cm
You can practice more examples of Quadrilateral using the quadrilateral worksheet.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Quadrilaterals and its types?
A quadrilateral can be defined as a plane figure having 4 sides. There are mainly 6 types of quadrilaterals which are:
Apart from these 6 types, a quadrilateral can also be classified as:
- Concave quadrilaterals
- Convex quadrilaterals
- Intersecting quadrilaterals
What is a convex and concave quadrilateral?
A convex quadrilateral can be defined as a quadrilateral whose both the diagonals are completely contained within the figure. On the other hand, a concave quadrilateral is a quadrilateral which is having at least one diagonal that lies partly or entirely outside of the figure.
What is the sum of the interior angles of a quadrilateral?
The sum of all the interior angles of a quadrilateral is 360°.
What are the three attributes of a quadrilateral?
The three important attributes of a quadrilateral are:
The sum of the interior angles should be equal to 360 degrees.
How to find the perimeter of a quadrilateral?
The perimeter of a quadrilateral can be determined by adding the side length of all four sides.