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# Coordinates of a missing vertex

Given three of the vertices of a rectangle, can you find the fourth?

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• this is confusing how do you do it with out drawing the thing or do you need to
(9 votes)
• I don't understand the question, but I'm gonna assume you mean thinking mentally. A wise teacher once said, "when in doubt, write it out." It's ok not to be able to think of it first inside our heads. Drawing the graph is optional, graph paper is easier to read.
(6 votes)
• Hi! I have a question: What exaclty is a vertex? Thanks, 990011389.
(4 votes)
• In a (2-dimensional) polygon, a vertex is the intersection of two adjacent sides. Vertices can be thought of as corners.
Note that in any polygon, the number of sides equals the number of vertices.

Have a blessed, wonderful day!
(4 votes)
• Can we use systems of equations to solve this with a parallelogram?
(3 votes)
• At , what are vertices?
(2 votes)
• Vertices are the points where two straight lines meet
(3 votes)
• do you get confused of how the numbers are all the same that is confusing? but cool!
(3 votes)
• It's kind of confusing, but after 1,000,000,000,000 tries in the Practice: Area and perimeter on the coordinate plane, I finally get it now.

xd
(2 votes)
• My estimate if you did 20 tries an hour, you are roughly 3700 years old. Even if you could do 1 try a minute, you would still be 1900 years old. So I guess this is just using the hyperbole of English.
(2 votes)
• How can I find the location of D if ABCD is a trapezoid A (_3,5) B (_5,1) C (_1,_1)
(1 vote)
• You can't.
A trapezoid is a quadrilateral with one pair of parallel sides, so either 𝐴𝐵 is parallel to 𝐶𝐷, or 𝐴𝐷 is parallel to 𝐵𝐶, but we don't know which it is, and even if we knew for example that 𝐴𝐵 is parallel to 𝐶𝐷, we still wouldn't know how long 𝐶𝐷 is.
(4 votes)
• how and wut do i du wen i do dis
(2 votes)
• why is my mouse not working
(1 vote)
• Is there an easier way to find the (x,y) coordinates? Other than graphing it and counting the numbers?
(1 vote)

## Video transcript

- [Voiceover] You are graphing rectangle ABCD in the coordinate plane. The following are three of the vertices of the rectangle. They give us the coordinates. What are the coordinates of point D? Alright, well a good place to start, let's just plot these, the three vertices that they give us. So it looks like they're on the first quadrant, so I'm going to focus my coordinate axes on the first quadrant. So that's going to be my y-axis. And let me now, this is going to be my x-axis. And let's see. The highest x value that I have, I have a two, I have a five, I have a five, it looks like it goes up to five. So I could say one, two, three, four, and five. So that's five, I can just do one, two, three, four, and five. Let's see, the highest y value, I have one, one, and a six. It goes up to six. So one, two, three, four, five, and six. I can number them. One, two three, four, five, and six. Now let's plot the points. So let's first point A, which is at two comma one. X equals two, y is equal to one. So that's that point right over there. Now let's plot point B. Point B is at five comma one. So x equals five, y is equal to one. That's right over there. Now let's plot point C. Point C, maybe I need to find another color here. Point C is at x is equal to five, y is equal to six. X is equal to five, y is equal to six. So that sticks us roughly right over there. And so we need to figure out what D is going to be. Well D is going, this is a rectangle. The sides are parallel, all the vertices, we have right angles at all the vertices. So point D is going to have the same x coordinate as this point right over here. So this is going to have the same x coordinate. So it's going to have an x coordinate, so let me write this. D is going to have an x coordinate of two. And it's going to have the same y coordinate as this point up here. So it's going to have a y coordinate of six. Of six. So D is going to be at the point two comma six. And you see when we do that, we have set up a nice rectangle here. We can draw the rectangle, so that's one side, that's the top side, that's another side, another side. And then we have that just like that. There you go, we have our rectangle, but most importantly we answered our question, what are the coordinates of point D. Alright.