Rectilinear Figures – Definition with Examples

What is a Rectilinear Figure? 

Rectilinear figures are geometric shapes that are formed by straight lines. In other words, these figures consist of line segments connected to one another at their endpoints, with no curves or arcs involved. The sides of rectilinear figures are always straight and do not intersect except at their endpoints. Rectilinear figures are also referred to as polygonal figures. 

Here, for instance, are a few irregular polygons that classify as rectilinear figures. 

Rectilinear figures shapes irregular right polygons
Fun Facts
– A rectilinear figure is often called hole-free because its boundary is single continuous and has no holes.

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Rectilinear figures are oh-so neat!
No curves or arcs, all its sides meet!

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Instead of handing out colouring rectilinear figures worksheets, show your child pictures of different objects. Ask them to identify the objects in which they can see rectilinear figures and further justify their answers.  

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