Perimeter of a Square – Definition with Examples

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Perimeter of a Square

square is a type of rectangle in which the adjacent sides are equal. In other words, all the sides of a square are equal.

Following are the properties of a square: 

(i) All the angles in a square are the same and equal 90º. 

(ii) All the sides of a square are equal.

properties of a square

Perimeter of a square

The perimeter of a square is the total length of all the sides of the square. Hence we can find the perimeter of a square by adding all its four sides.

perimeter of a square

The perimeter of the given square is a + a + a + a. Since all sides of a square are equal, we only need one side to find its perimeter.

The perimeter of the given square is:  

a + a + a + a = 4  a units.

Hence, the formula of the perimeter of a square = 4 × (length of any one side).

Tricky Math problems with the Squares:

Type I: Finding side length when only the perimeter is given.

Example 1. If the perimeter of the given square is 12 cm. What will be the length of its side?

math problems with the squares

Solution: Given, that the perimeter of the square is 12 cm.

Let the side length be ‘a’ cm.

We know that, the perimeter of a square = 4 × (side length)

12=4×(a)

a = 3 cm

Type II: Finding sides using square properties.

Example 2.If a = 4 cm in the given square. Find b, c. and d.

finding sides using square properties

Solution: Given that side a = 4 cm.

To find sides b, c, and d  we use the property of the square which states that all the sides of a square are equal.

finding sides using square properties

Therefore, a = b = c = d = 4 cm

Type III: Finding perimeter when one of the sides is given.

Example 3. One of the sides of a square is 5 cm. What will be its perimeter?

finding perimeter

Solution: Given, one side of the square is 5 cm.

We know that, the perimeter of a square = 4 × (side length)

= 4×(5)

= 20 cm

Example 4. The length of the side of the square wooden frame is 5 cm. Find the total length of the wood used in the frame.

finding perimeter 1

Solution: Given, that the length of a side of this wooden frame is 5 cm.

As we know, the perimeter of a square = 4× (side length)

= 4  (5)

= 20 cm

Hence, the total length of the wood used is 20 cm.

Fun Facts
– Squares are one of the three most basic shapes on the earth. The other two are circles and triangles.

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