Explore the geometry of these dart and kite shapes!
We have four rods of equal lengths hinged at their endpoints to
form a rhombus ABCD. Keeping AB fixed we allow CD to take all
possible positions in the plane. What is the locus (or path) of the
Take any rectangle ABCD such that AB > BC. The point P is on AB
and Q is on CD. Show that there is exactly one position of P and Q
such that APCQ is a rhombus.
The following solution comes from Daniel from
Point X moves around the circumference of a circle of diameter
AB. This happens because the four angles at the centre of the
rhombus (where the diagonals cross) are always 90 degrees each, no
matter where X may be. The angle AXB is always a right angle except
when X is at A or at B. The points C, X and A are on top of each
other when the path of X goes through A, and similarly D, X and B
coincide when X goes through B.