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As you continue to study geometry, you'll start to encounter funny-looking shapes that you may not have worked with before. For example, the rhombus is a parallelogram with four congruent sides. Here are a couple of examples:

If you're looking at multiple of these shapes, the accepted plural form of a rhombus is rhombi. Rhombi might look strange, but they have a lot of interesting properties to explore. Another fact that is going to be of help to us is that the opposite angles of a rhombus are congruent with each other.

Let's take a closer look at some math involving the rhombus:

Calculating the area of a rhombus

As with other geometric shapes, one of the first things you might do with a rhombus is to calculate its area. The formula for calculating the area of a rhombus is the same as any other parallelogram:

A=bh, where b is the length of a base and h, is the height. Consider the following diagram:

Each base measures 5 cm and the height is 4 cm, so we multiply the two figures to get an area of 20 cm 2 .

Calculating the perimeter of a rhombus

Similarly, the perimeter of a rhombus uses the same formula as any other parallelogram: adding all four sides together. If one side measures 3 inches, that means all four sides will measure 3 inches and we can get the perimeter by multiplying 3 by 4. This can be expressed in two different ways mathematically:

s + s + s + s = P

4 s = P

Working with the diagonals of a rhombus

The diagonals of a rhombus are always perpendicular. Here is an illustration:

In this example, we could say that if PQRS is a rhombus, then the diagonal line PR is perpendicular to the diagonal line QS. We can express this mathematically using a ⊥ symbol between the two lines.

Furthermore, if a parallelogram is a rhombus then each diagonal bisects a pair of opposite angles. Returning to the example above, if PQRS is a rhombus then 1 2 , 3 4 , 5 6 , and 7 8 .

Finally, consecutive interior angles of a rhombus are always supplementary.

We can use this information to figure out the measure of other angles. Consider the following diagram:

If m ABC = 2 x - 7 and m BCD = 2 x + 3 , we know that the two equations added together must equal 180 degrees:

2 x - 7 + 2 x + 3 = 180

Next, we can simplify the algebraic expression into:

4 x - 4 = 180

4 x = 184

From here, a little division will tell us that x = 46 . Now that we know this and that the opposite angles of a rhombus are congruent, we can figure out the measure of m DAB :

m DAB = m BCD = 2 ( 46 ) + 95 degrees

Rhombus practice questions

a. If the base of a rhombus measures 8 inches and its height is 4 inches, what is its area?

Area = base × height

Area = 8 inches × 4 inches = 32 inches 2

b. If a rhombus has an area of 25 cm2 and a base measuring 5 cm, what is its height?

Area = base × height

25 cm 2 = 5 cm × height

height = 25 cm 2 ÷ 5 cm = 5 cm

c. What is the perimeter of a rhombus with one side measuring 6 miles?

Perimeter = 4 × side length

Perimeter = 4 × 6 miles = 24 miles

d. What useful properties do the diagonals of a rhombus have?

The diagonals are perpendicular and bisect each other

e. If you add the measurements of two consecutive interior angles of a rhombus, what do you get?

The sum of two consecutive interior angles of a rhombus equals 180 degrees

f. Considering the following diagram, find m YZV assuming XYZW is a rhombus.

Since the diagonals are perpendicular m YZV = 90

the sum of the angles of a triangle is 180, so:

180 - 90 - 63 = 27 degree

Topics related to the Rhombus

SAS Similarity

Polygon Exterior Angle Sum Theorem

Right Triangle Congruence

Flashcards covering the Rhombus

Advanced Geometry Flashcards

Common Core: High School - Geometry Flashcards

Practice tests covering the Rhombus

Common Core: High School - Geometry Diagnostic Tests

Advanced Geometry Diagnostic Tests

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