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# What are the characteristics of a rectangle?

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A rectangle is a simple shape that is characterized by having four sides at 90-degree angles to each other, and having both sets of opposing sides be the same length. Note that if all sides are equal to each other, the shape is not a rectangle, but a square.

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A rectangle is one of the most common four sided two-dimensional shapes. It has both a length and a width dimension. Other four-sided shapes include squares, parallelograms and rhombuses. The area of a rectangle can be calculated by multiplying the length by the width while the perimeter can be calculated by adding up all the side lengths.

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Assuming length and width are whole numbers, a rectangle with an area of 64 units can be constructed in four different ways: 8 x 8, 4 x 16, 2 x 32 or 1 x 64. A square is a special case of a rectangle, as it has equal sides.

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It is possible for a square to be a rectangle, but it is impossible for a rectangle to be a square. In order to be a square, the shape must contain four straight sides with 90-degree angles that are all the same length.

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A rectangle that is two tiles wide can have an infinite number of tiles. In order to determine the number of tiles in a rectangle, the length of the rectangle in terms of tiles must also be considered.