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Circles in Quadrilaterals

Age 14 to 16
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Circles in Quadrilaterals printable sheet

You may have come across the idea of a cyclic quadrilateral, where it is possible to draw a circle around the quadrilateral so that the circumference passes through all four vertices of the shape.

A tangential quadrilateral is one where it is possible to draw a circle inside it so that the circumference just touches all four sides of the shape.

Here are some examples of tangential quadrilaterals:



For each of the following types of quadrilaterals, decide whether it is always, sometimes or never possible to construct a circle inside which just touches all four sides:

  • Square
  • Rectangle
  • Rhombus
  • Parallelogram
  • Kite
  • Trapezium
If you decide always or never, you need to justify your decision with a convincing argument.


If you decide sometimes you need to be precise about when it is possible and when it is not possible, and why.