


A rectangle is a parallelogram with four right angles. 

While the definition contains the word "parallelogram", it is sufficient to say, "A quadrilateral is a rectangle if and only if it has four right angles", since any quadrilateral with four right angles is a parallelogram.
The properties (theorems) will be stated in "if ...then" form. Both the theorem and its converse (where you swap the "if" and "then" expressions) will be examined.
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The * means proof is directly referenced in Common Core.
While one method of proof will be shown, other methods are also possible. 
Definition and Theorems pertaining to a rectangle: 
DEFINITION: A rectangle is a parallelogram with four right angles. 

THEOREM: If a parallelogram is a rectangle, it has congruent diagonals. 
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THEOREM Converse: If a parallelogram has congruent diagonals, it is a rectangle. 
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Did you know ...
the figure joining, in order, the midpoints of the sides of a rectangle is a rhombus, and the figure joining, in order, the midpoints of the sides of a rhombus is a rectangle.





A rhombus is a parallelogram with four congruent sides. 

While the definition states "parallelogram", it is sufficient to say, "A quadrilateral is a rhombus if and only if it has four congruent sides", since any quadrilateral with four congruent sides is a parallelogram.
In addition, the definition could be stated as:
A rhombus is a parallelogram having two adjacent sides congruent.

Definition and Theorems pertaining to a rhombus: 
DEFINITION: A rhombus is a parallelogram with four congruent sides. 

THEOREM: If a parallelogram is a rhombus, each diagonal bisects a pair of opposite angles. 



THEOREM Converse: If a parallelogram has diagonals that bisect a pair of opposite angles, it is a rhombus. 



THEOREM: If a parallelogram is a rhombus, the diagonals are perpendicular. 



THEOREM Converse: If a parallelogram has diagonals that are perpendicular, it is a rhombus. 





A square is a parallelogram with four congruent sides and four right angles. 

This definition can also be stated as:
• A square is a quadrilateral that is also a rectangle and a rhombus.
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A square is a
rhombus with four right angles.
• A square is a rhombus with two adjacent sides perpendicular.
• A square is a rectangle with four congruent sides.
Since we have already proven properties pertaining to the rectangle and the rhombus, no further proofs will be prepared for the square.

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