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C(11,3).

Determine the point of intersection of the
COORDINATE PROOF OF A SQUARE
medians,

and state its coordinates. [The use of the
Mathematician: ________________________
set of axes
How many different ways can you prove a quadrilateral below is optional.]
is a square?


Quadrilateral ABCD has vertices
A(–2, 3), B(1,–3), C(7,0), D(4, 6).

Graph the quadrilateral on the
graph to the right.

What do you notice?

What do you wonder?

Below are 8 different ways to prove that the quadrilateral is a square. Your group will be
randomly assigned one method and need to do the calculations to collect evidence for it, then
write a proof to show the ABCD is square.

1. Show that all four sides are the same length, and that the diagonals are the same length.
2. Show that the adjacent sides are perpendicular, and the diagonals are perpendicular.
3. Show that the diagonals are the same length, perpendicular, and bisect each other.
4. Show that the diagonals form four isosceles right triangles.
5. Show that all four sides are the same length and that two adjacent sides are perpendicular.
6. Show that the adjacent sides are perpendicular and that two adjacent sides are congruent.
7. Show that one pair of opposites are parallel and congruent, and that the diagonals are
perpendicular and congruent.
8. Show that it has 90° rotational symmetry.


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In the space below, take notes on each proof you see.

What is different from What info did they need
What do you notice? What do you wonder?
your proof? to find?

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Which method would you prefer to use in the future? Explain why you chose that method.