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Rectangle with length  a , width  b and diagonal  d

In geometry , a rectangle (an orthogon ) is a flat quadrangle whose interior angles are all right angles . It is a special case of the parallelogram and thus also of the trapezoid . A special case of the rectangle is the square , in which all sides are of the same length.

In topology , a rectangle is a manifold with a border, more precisely a manifold with corners.


The following applies to the rectangle:

The rectangle can be characterized as


The area of a rectangle is equal to the product of the side lengths.
Mathematical formulas for the rectangle
Length of the diagonal
Perimeter radius
Interior angle

The formula for the length of the diagonal is based on the Pythagorean theorem . The perimeter radius is obtained by halving the length of the diagonals.

To construct a rectangle, two sizes must be given. Often either one of the two side lengths and the length of the diagonal or both side lengths are given.

Golden rectangle

Both rectangles - each with the aspect ratios a: b and (a + b): a - are each golden rectangles ( animated representation ).

Rectangles with the property for the side lengths a and b are called golden rectangles . The aspect ratio is the golden ratio , so .

Perfect rectangle

Perfect rectangle with sides 32 and 33

A rectangle is called perfect if it can be covered with squares without any gaps and without overlapping, whereby all squares are of different sizes. It is not easy to find such a tiling . Such a division of a rectangle with sides 32 and 33 into 9 squares was found in 1925 by Zbigniew Moroń . It consists of squares with sides 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 and 18.

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: rectangle  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Commons : Rectangle  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Representation of the rectangles according to Moroń (accessed December 5, 2017)
  2. Eric W. Weisstein : Perfect Square Dissection . In: MathWorld (English).