Unit 3 Section 5 : Plotting Polygons

In this section we look at polygons plotted on coordinate axes, but first, we will recap the names of polygons:

Example Question

The line marked on the coordinate grid below is one side of a square:

What are the possible coordinates of the corners of the square?

There are two possible places the square could be placed:

The missing coordinates could be ( 6 , 3 ) and ( 1 , 6 ) or ( –5 , –4 ) and ( 0 , –7 )

Practice Questions

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(a) Two sides of a square are shown.
What are the coordinates of the corner which is not marked?

(b) Three corners of a rectangle are shown.
What are the coordinates of the fourth corner?

 

Exercises

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Question 1
In each part below two sides of a square are shown.

Write down the coordinates of the fourth corner of each square.
(a) The fourth corner is at ( , )
(b) The fourth corner is at ( , )
(c) The fourth corner is at ( , )
(d) The fourth corner is at ( , )

Question 2
In each part of the question below the coordinates of three corners of a square are given.

Find the coordinates of the other corner in each case. You may find it helpful to draw a sketch.
(a) ( 2 , 2 ), ( 2 , 3 ) and ( 3 , 3 )
The other corner of this square is at ( , )
(b) ( 2 , 3 ), ( 3 , 4 ) and ( 1 , 4 )
The other corner of this square is at ( , )
(c) ( 2 , 2 ), ( 4 , 4 ) and ( 4 , 0 )
The other corner of this square is at ( , )
(d) ( 6 , 2 ), ( 5 , 5 ) and ( 1 , 3 )
The other corner of this square is at ( , )
(e) ( 5 , 2 ), ( 2 , 1 ) and ( 1 , 4 )
The other corner of this square is at ( , )

Question 3
In each part below two sides of a rectangle are shown.

Write down the coordinates of the fourth corner of each rectangle.
(a) The fourth corner is at ( , )
(b) The fourth corner is at ( , )

Question 4
In each part of the question below the coordinates of three corners of a rectangle are given.

Find the coordinates of the other corner in each case. You may find it helpful to draw a sketch.
(a) ( 4 , 2 ), ( 4 , 1 ) and ( 6 , 1 )
The other corner of this rectangle is at ( , )
(b) ( 0 , 2 ), ( 2 , 0 ) and ( 4 , 6 )
The other corner of this rectangle is at ( , )
(c) ( 4 , 5 ), ( 2 , 1 ) and ( 1 , 0 )
The other corner of this rectangle is at ( , )
(d) ( 5 , 1 ), ( 2 , 5 ) and ( 6 , 1 )
The other corner of this rectangle is at ( , )

Question 5
The sides of an octagon are all the same length. The diagram below shows part of the octagon.
Find the coordinates of the missing corner.
( , )
Question 6
The angles between the sides of a different octagon are all equal, but the sides are different lengths.
Find the coordinates of the missing corner.
( , )
Question 7
Two corners of a square are shown on the coordinate grid below.

(a) If the third corner is at ( 7 , –1 ), where is the fourth corner?
( , )

(b) If the third corner is at ( –3 , –1 ), where is the fourth corner?
( , )

It is possible to make a different square to those above by placing the third and fourth points in two new positions.

(c) What are the coordinates which need to be plotted?
( , ) and ( , )


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