# Parallelogram - Definitions and Constructions

- Author:
- Tibor Marcinek

- Topic:
- Constructions, Parallelogram, Quadrilaterals

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Our minimal definition:

**Parallelogram**– a quadrilateral with two pairs of parallel sides ***************************************************************************** Construct a parallelogram. Then observe other constructions and answer the questions below.## Your construction:

What is the definition on which your construction is based?

## Other parallelogram constructions

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## 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 parallelogram. For example, can you define prallelogram as a special case of trapezoid? 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 parallelogram, 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 congruent bases*.
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* Bases are the two sides of trapezoid that are parallel by the definition.

## Your construction 4:

C4. Is this a valid definiton of a parallelogram, 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 parallelogram, 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 diagonals.*
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* This means that diagonals intersect at their midpoints.

## Your construction 5:

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