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    Right kite - these can contain more than one right angle.

    I've been searching the Internet for "kite" definitions, terms, etc.
    The definition of a right kite is that it contains one right angle, which can be either of the vertex angles.
    However, the non-vertex angle can also be a right angle (two actually because non-vertex angles are equal).
    Would a "right kite" of two 90 degree non-vertex angles have a special term or would it just be called another "right kite"?
    Thank you.
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    Hello, wolf!

    I've been searching the Internet for "kite" definitions, terms, etc.
    The definition of a right kite is that it contains one right angle,
    which can be either of the vertex angles.

    This is true . . . a typical "right kite" might look like this:


    Code:
                *
              *90o*
            *       *
          *           *
           *         *
            *       *
             *     *
              *   *
               * *
                *

    However, the non-vertex angle can also be a right angle
    (two actually because non-vertex angles are equal).
    Would a "right kite" of two 90 degree non-vertex angles have a special name?
    Code:
                  o * o
              o  *  |  *  o
            o *     |     * o
           *        |        *
             *      |       *
          o  *      |      *  o
          o   *     |     *   o
          o    *    |    *    o
                *   |   *
           o     *  |  *     o
            o     * | *     o
              o    *|*    o
                  o * o

    I don't think it has a special name.
    I note that the two halves are inscribed in semicircles.
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    Thanks for the reply.
    I forgot to post a graphic I made:

    All three quadrilaterals are "right kites" with the one on the right having two right angles, which as I have recently learned, has no special mathematical designation.
    Last edited by wolf; October 29th 2010 at 09:00 PM.
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