The Diagonals of a Rectangle — Practice Geometry Questions
A rectangle is a parallelogram with four right angles, which allows you to apply the Pythagorean theorem when trying to find missing sides or angles. The following practice geometry questions ask you to find the diagonal and side length for two different rectangles.
Find the length of the diagonal of rectangle RSTW.
In rectangle RSTW, SR = 5 and RW = 12. Find the length of
In rectangle RSTW, the length of
is 7 more than the length of
and the length of
is 8 more than the length of
Find the length of
Answers and explanations
A rectangle contains four right angles, and the diagonal of a rectangle creates a right triangle. This particular right triangle has legs measuring 5 and 12, with the diagonal being the hypotenuse. Use the Pythagorean theorem to solve for the hypotenuse:
Opposite sides of a rectangle are congruent, which means that ST = x + 7 and that TW = x.
A rectangle contains four right angles, and the diagonal of a rectangle creates a right triangle. This right triangle has legs measuring x and x + 7, with the hypotenusemeasuring x + 8. Use the Pythagorean theorem to solve for x:
If x = 5, then RT = x + 8 = 5 + 8 = 13.
are diagonals of the rectangle. Because the diagonals of a rectangle are congruent, SW = 13 as well.