A parallelogram is a quadrilateral with two pairs of parallel sides. The opposite or facing sides of a parallelogram are of equal length, and the opposite angles of a parallelogram are of equal measure.

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A parallelogram


The formula for the area of a parallelogram is the same as that for a rectangle’s:

To make sense of this fact, notice that, as depicted below, a parallelogram with base b and height h can be divided into a trapezoid and a right triangle and rearranged into a rectangle of equivalent area.
ScreenHunter_183 Oct. 13 16.40A parallelogram can be rearranged into a rectangle of the same area

Diagonals Bisect

You should know that the diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other. For example, in this figure,
ScreenHunter_184 Oct. 13 16.40since ABCD is a parallelogram, we know that AE = EC and BE = ED, as is indicated by the single and double hash marks.

Practice Question

Angles of a Parallelogram:



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