Kite

(Jump to Area of a Kite or Perimeter of a Kite)

A Kite is a flat shape with straight sides.
It has 2 pairs of equal adjacent sides.

The Kite
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Hey, it looks like a kite!

Two pairs of sides

Each pair is made up of adjacent sides (they meet) that are equal in length.

The angles are equal where the two pairs meet.
Diagonals (dashed lines) cross at right angles, and one of the diagonals bisects (cuts equally in half) the other.

Play with a Kite:

Area of a Kite

 

The Area is found by multiplying the lengths of the diagonals and then dividing by 2:

Area =  p × q
2

Example: A kite has diagonals of 3 cm and 5 cm, what is its Area?

Area = (3 cm × 5 cm)/2 = 7.5 cm2

If you can draw your Kite, try the Area of Polygon by Drawing tool.)

Perimeter of a Kite

The Perimeter is the distance around the edges.

 

The Perimeter is 2 times (side length a + side length b):

Perimeter = 2(a + b)

Example: A kite has side lengths of 12 m and 10m, what is its Perimeter?

Perimeter = 2 × (12 m + 10 m) = 2 × 22 m = 44 m

Rhombus and Square

When all sides have equal length the Kite will also be a Rhombus.

When all the angles are also 90° the Kite will be a Square.