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Tetra Square

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

tetrahedron ABCD.

ABCD is a regular tetrahedron and the points P, Q, R and S are the midpoints of the edges AB, BD, CD and CA. Prove that PQRS is a square.

The following students from Year 11 at the Mount School York all produced good solutions: Nicola Shrimpton & Aya Bamber; Hollie Jefferson; Lizzie Garthwaite, Sophie Brook, Emma Blane & Freya Porteous.

As each face is an equilateral triangle the distance between the midpoints of the edges will be the same in each case. Since all the vertices of the inner shape PQRS are at the midpoints then all its sides will be equal. A shape with four equal sides is either a square or a rhombus. The inner shape cannot be a rhombus because its diagonals are equal (why?). Therefore the shape is a square.

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