Parallelogram: Definition, Shape of Parallelogram and Parallelogram Angles (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2022)

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A parallelogram is a two-dimensional geometrical shape, whose sides are parallel with each other. It is made up of four sides, where the pair of parallel sides are equal in length. Also, the opposite angles of a parallelogram are equal to each other. The area of parallelogram depends on the base and height of it.

2D shapes and sizes such as circle, square, rectangle, rhombus, etc. have a different set of properties. Also, the area and perimeter formulas of these shapes vary with each other, used to solve many problems.

Parallelogram Definition

A parallelogram is a quadrilateral with two pairs of parallel sides. The opposite sides of a parallelogram are equal in length and the opposite angles are equal in measure. Also, the interior angles on the same side of the transversal are supplementary.

A square and a rectangle are two shapes which have similar properties of a parallelogram.

Rhombus: If all the sides of a parallelogram are congruent or equal to each other, then it is a rhombus.

If there is one parallel side and the other two sides are non-parallel, then it is a trapezium.

Parallelogram Definition

In the figure above, you can see, ABCD is a parallelogram, where and .

Also, and


Also, are supplementary angles because these interior angles lie on same side of the transversal. In the same way, are supplementary angles.


Shape of Parallelogram

A parallelogram is a two-dimensional shape. It has four sides, in which two pairs of sides are parallel. Also, the parallel sides are equal in length.

If the length of the parallel sides is not equal in measurement, then the shape is not a parallelogram. Similarly, the opposite interior angles of parallelogram should be always equal, otherwise, it is not a parallelogram.

Parallelogram Angles

A parallelogram is a flat 2d shape which has four angles. The opposite interior angles are equal. The angles on the same side of the transversal are supplementary, that means they add up to . Hence, the sum of interior angles of parallelogram is

Parallelogram Formula

The formula for area and parameter of a parallelogram covered here in this section. Students can use these formulas and solve problems based on them.

Area of Parallelogram

Area of a parallelogram is the region occupied by it in a two-dimensional plane. Below is the formula to find the parallelogram area:

Area of Parallelogram

In the above figure, , Area is given by;

where a is the slant length of the side of and b is the base.

Perimeter of Parallelogram

The perimeter of any shape is the total distance of the covered around the shape or its total length of any shape. Similarly, the perimeter of a parallelogram is the total distance of the boundaries of the parallelogram. To calculate the perimeter value, we have to know the values of its length and breadth. The parallelogram has its opposite sides equal in length. Therefore, the formula of the perimeter could be written as;

Where a and b are the length of the equal sides of the parallelogram.

Properties of Parallelogram

If a quadrilateral has a pair of parallel opposite sides, then itีšs a special polygon called Parallelogram. The properties of a parallelogram are as follows:

  • The opposite sides are congruent.
  • The opposite angles are congruent.
  • The consecutive angles are supplementary.
  • If anyone of the angles is a right angle, then all the other angles will be right.
  • The two diagonals bisect each other.
  • Each diagonal bisects the parallelogram into two congruent triangles.
  • The diagonals separate it into congruent.

Types of Parallelogram

There are mainly four types of Parallelogram depending on various factors. The factors which distinguish between all of these different types of parallelogram are angles, sides etc.

1. In a parallelogram, say PQRS

If are the equal sides, then itีšs a rhombus. All the properties are the same for rhombus as for parallelogram.

2. Other two special types of a parallelogram are:

  • Rectangle
  • Square

Is Square a Parallelogram?

Square could be considered as a parallelogram since the opposite sides are parallel to each other and the diagonals of the square bisect each other.

Is Rectangle a Parallelogram?

Yes, a rectangle is also a parallelogram, because satisfies the conditions or meet the properties of parallelogram such as the opposite sides are parallel and diagonals intersect at 90 degrees.

Parallelogram Theorems

Theorem 1: Parallelograms on the same base and between the same parallel sides are equal in area.

Proof: Two parallelograms and on the same base DC and between the same parallel line AB and FC.

To prove that area area

Proof: Parallelogram and rectangle are on the same base and between the same parallels AB and LC.

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We know that area of a rectangle

Therefore, area of parallelogram Hence, the area of a parallelogram is the product of any base of it and the corresponding altitude.

Parallelogram Theorems

In and

is a parallelogram

is a parallelogram )

(Corresponding Angles)

(Corresponding Angles)

(Angle Sum Property)

(From SAS-rule)

(By congruence area axiom)

Hence, the area of parallelograms on the same base and between the same parallel sides is equal.

Corollary: A parallelogram and a rectangle on the same base and between the same parallels are equal in area.

Proof: Since a rectangle is also a parallelogram so, the result is a direct consequence of the above theorem.

Theorem: The area of a parallelogram is the product of its base and the corresponding altitude.

Given: In a parallelogram is the base.

To prove that Area

Construction: Complete the rectangle by Drawing perpendicular to

Parallelogram Theorems

Examples of Parallelogram

Example- Find the area of a parallelogram whose base is and height is

Solution- Given, Base and Height

We know,

Put the value of Base and Height.

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Example: Find the area of a parallelogram having length of diagonals to be and and an intersecting angle to be 65 degrees.

Solution: We know that the diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other, hence the length of half the diagonal will be and

Examples of Parallelogram

The angle opposite to the side b comes out to be

We use the law of cosines to calculate the base of the parallelogram โ€“

Examples of Parallelogram

After finding the base we need to calculate the height of the given parallelogram.

To find the height we have to calculate the value of ฮธ, so we use sine law

Examples of Parallelogram

Now we extend the base and draw in the height of the figure and denote it as โ€˜hโ€™ .

The right-angled triangle (marked with red line) has the Hypotenuse to be and Perpendicular to be h.


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