Square (geometry)

Square (geometry)

In Euclidean Geometry geometry, a square is a regular polygon with four equal sides. In Euclidean geometry, it has four 90 degree angles. A square with vertices ABCD would be denoted squarenotation|ABCD.


A square (regular quadrilateral) is a special case of a rectangle as it has four right angles and equal parallel sides. Likewise it is also a special case of a rhombus, kite, parallelogram, and trapezoid.

Mensuration formula

The perimeter of a square whose sides have length "t" is :P=4t.And the area is:A=t^2.

In classical times, the second power was described in terms of the area of a square, as in the above formula. This led to the use of the term "square" to mean raising to the second power.

Standard coordinates

The coordinates for the vertices of a square centered at the origin and with side length 2 are (±1, ±1), while the interior of the same consists of all points ("x"0, "x"1) with −1 < "x""i" < 1.


Each angle in a square is equal to 90 degrees, or a right angle.

The diagonals of a square are equal. Conversely, if the diagonals of a rhombus are equal, then that rhombus must be a square. The diagonals of a square are sqrt{2} (about 1.41) times the length of a side of the square. This value, known as Pythagoras’ constant, was the first number proven to be irrational.

If a figure is both a rectangle (right angles) and a rhombus (equal edge lengths) then it is a square.

Other facts

*It has all equal sides and the angles add up to 360 degrees.
*If a circle is circumscribed around a square, the area of the circle is pi/2 (about 1.57) times the area of the square.
*If a circle is inscribed in the square, the area of the circle is pi/4 (about 0.79) times the area of the square.
*A square has a larger area than any other quadrilateral with the same perimeter ( [http://www2.mat.dtu.dk/people/V.L.Hansen/square.html] ).
*A square tiling is one of three regular tilings of the plane (the others are the equilateral triangle and the regular hexagon).
*The square is in two families of polytopes in two dimensions: hypercube and the cross polytope. The Schläfli symbol for the square is {4}.
*The square is a highly symmetric object (in Goldman geometry). There are four lines of reflectional symmetry and it has rotational symmetry through 90°, 180° and 270°. Its symmetry group is the dihedral group D_4.

Non-Euclidean geometry

In non-euclidean geometry, squares are more generally polygons with 4 equal sides and equal angles.

In spherical geometry, a square is a polygon whose edges are great circle arcs of equal distance, which meet at equal angles. Unlike the square of plane geometry, the angles of such a square are larger than a right angle.

In hyperbolic geometry, squares with right angles do not exist. Rather, squares in hyperbolic geometry have angles of less than right angles. Larger squares have smaller angles.


ee also

*Pythagorean theorem
*Square lattice
*Unit square

External links

* [http://easycalculation.com/area/square.php Square Calculation]
* [http://www.elsy.at/kurse/index.php?kurs=Rectangle+and+Square&status=public Animated course (Construction, Circumference, Area)]
* [http://www.mathopenref.com/square.html Definition and properties of a square] With interactive applet
* [http://www.mathopenref.com/squarearea.html Animated applet illustrating the area of a square]

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