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What is a Quadrilateral? What are its properties?


In our daily lives, we come across several four-sided 2D figures called quadrilaterals. Have you ever wondered what makes every quadrilateral unique in its own term? Every four-sided figure has its own properties and formulas that distinguish them from other polygons.

According to geometry, the sum of the internal angles of a quadrilateral is 360 degrees. A quadrilateral is a closed shape with 4 sides. So, we have come up with a blog that defines and explains the properties of five types of quadrilaterals namely:

The five types of quadrilaterals are:

  • Rectangle
  • Square
  • Parallelogram
  • Rhombus
  • Trapezium

What are the properties of the quadrilaterals?

The quadrilateral is a four-sided figure and all the internal angles add up to give 360 degrees. Thus, adding ∠A + ∠B + ∠C + ∠D gives you 360°. While preparing for exams like GMAT, the basics of the subject play a key role in improving the GMAT score.

Properties of quadrilaterals Rectangle Square Parallelogram Rhombus Trapezium

All Sides are equal






Opposite Sides are equal






Opposite Sides are parallel






All angles are equal






Opposite angles are equal






The sum of two adjacent angles is 180






Bisect each other






Bisect perpendicularly







The rectangle is a quadrilateral which has four right angles. The opposite sides of a rectangle are equal and parallel, and the diagonals bisect each other. Every angle in a rectangle is 90°.

(360°/4 = 90°).


The Properties of a rectangle are:

  • Each angle is 90°
  • The opposite sides are equal and parallel
  • Diagonals in a rectangle bisect each other

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Formula: Area ad Perimeter of a rectangle

The length of the rectangle is L and the breadth of the rectangle is B.

Then, the Area of a rectangle= Length* Breadth

The perimeter of the rectangle= 2*(L+B)


A square is a quadrilateral that has four equal angles and sides. Just like the rectangle, every angle in a square is 90° each.  

The three properties of a Square are:

  • Every angle in a square is 90°
  • All sides are equal and parallel to each other in a square
  • Diagonals in a square bisect each other perpendicularly.


Consider ‘a’ as the side of a square then,

The area of the square is given as a × a = a²

The perimeter of the square is given as 2 × (a + a) = 4a

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A parallelogram is a quadrilateral and it has two pairs of parallel sides. The opposite angles are equal and the diagonals bisect each other in a parallelogram.


Properties of parallelogram

The opposite sides are equal and parallel

The diagonals in a parallelogram are equal and parallel

The sum of any two adjacent angles in a parallelogram is 180°

Consider the length of a parallelogram as ‘l’, breadth as ‘b’, and height as ‘h’ then:

The perimeter of parallelogram= 2*(l+ b)

Area of the parallelogram= l*h

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The Rhombus has four sides. The four sides are equal in length. The opposite sides are said to be parallel to each other. Rhombus is also designated as a diamond.

Properties of rhombus

The Opposite angles are equal in a Rhombus

All sides are equal. A rhombus has opposite sides that are parallel.

A rhombus has diagonals that bisect each other at 90 degrees.

The Sum of any two adjacent angles is 180° in a rhombus.

Formula– If ‘a’ is the side of a rhombus, then the perimeter of a rhombus= 4a

d1, d2 are the lengths of two diagonals in a rhombus, then the area of a rhombus= ½ × d1 × d2


The trapezium is also called a Trapezoid and it has only one pair of parallel sides. The parallel sides are designated as bases and the other two sides as lateral sides.

Properties of trapezium

Only one pair of opposite sides are parallel to each other in a trapezium.

The height of the trapezium in the above picture is given as ‘h&rsquo.

The perimeter of the trapezium= AB + BC + CD + DA

Area of the trapezium = ½ × (Sum of lengths of parallel sides) × h = ½ × (AB + CD) × h

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The most important formulas:

The below table represents the formulas for the area and perimeter of different types of quadrilaterals:

Quadrilateral formulas Rectangle Square Parallelogram Rhombus Trapezium


l × b

l × h

½ × d1 × d2

½ × (Sum of parallel sides) × height


2 × (l + b)


2 × (l + b)


The sum of all the sides

GMAT Quadrilaterals Practice Question 1

1) Venu has planned to build a fence around his rectangular garden that has a length of 10 meters and a breadth of 15 meters. How many meters of the fence is required to fence the entire garden? 

  1. 20 meters
  2. 25 meters
  3. 30 meters
  4. 40 meters
  5. 50 meters


Step 1: The length of the rectangular garden= 10 meters

              The width of the rectangular garden= 15 meters

He wants to build a fence around the rectangular garden.

Step 2: To find the length of the fence required to build around the entire garden.

Step 3: Remember that fence can only be built around the outer section of the garden.

The total length of the fence= Sum of the lengths of all sides of the garden

Since the given garden is in rectangular shape, the sum of the length of the sides=perimeter of the garden.

Perimeter = 2 × (10 + 15) = 50 metres

Therefore, the required length is 50 meters. Thereby, option E is the correct option.

GMAT Quadrilaterals Practice Question 2

2) Stella wants to paint a rectangular-shaped wall in her bedroom. The cost is $1.5 per square meter to paint the wall. If the length of the wall is 25 meters and the width of the wall is 18 meters, then what is the total cost of painting the wall?

  1. $ 300
  2. $ 350
  3. $ 450
  4. $ 600
  5. $ 675


Step 1: Given that Stella wants to paint her room

The Length of the wall is 25 meters long and the width of the wall is 18 meters.

The cost to paint the wall = $1.5 per square meter.

Step 2: To find the total cost to paint the rectangular-shaped wall.

To find the total cost to paint the wall in square meters, follow the below steps:

  1. Find the total area of the wall in square meters
  2. Multiply it by the required cost to paint the 1 square meter of the wall
  3. Thereby, we can find the price.  A wall is painted across its entire area.

Area of the wall = length × Breadth

18 metres*25 metres = 450 square metres

Total cost to paint the wall = 450 × $1.5 per square meter = $675

Therefore, the correct answer is option E.

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