Q:

What are some examples of two dimensional shapes?

A:

Quick Answer

Some examples of two dimensional shapes include squares, triangles, circles and rectangles. A two dimensional shape can be measured by the two dimensions of length and width but not by its depth.

 Know More

Full Answer

The closest one can come to actually seeing a two dimensional shape is by looking at a paper cut out of one. The paper has thickness, however, so even these shapes are technically three dimensional. Three-dimensional shapes, such as cubes, pyramids and spheres, can be measured in the three dimensions of length, width and depth.

Some two dimensional shapes are known as polygons. A polygon is a shape with three or more straight sides that is closed. Triangles, squares and pentagons are classified as polygons. A polygon cannot have rounded sides, like a square, or intersecting sides, like an hourglass shape. In some instances, however, a circle is considered to be polygon that has an infinite number of sides. A polygon that has equal measurements for all of its sides and angles is known as a regular polygon. Squares and equilateral triangles are examples of regular polygons.

In addition to measuring the sides and angles of two-dimensional objects, its also possible to measure the shapes' perimeter and area. The perimeter is how long all the sides of the shape are when added together. The area represents how much space is inside the shape.

Learn more about Shapes

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you draw a tiger?

    A:

    The best way to draw a tiger is by visually breaking it into parts consisting of basic shapes like circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. To draw a tiger, begin by sketching the overall shape of the tiger, such as an oval for the body or circle for the face, and then add details to it such as ears and a tail by sketching their basic shapes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some names of shapes?

    A:

    Some commonly-known shapes are squares, circles, triangles, stars and rectangles. There are many different kinds of polygons used in geometry and many shapes that combine or arrange multiple polygons to be used in designs.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some examples of quadrilaterals?

    A:

    There are many different types of quadrilaterals: squares, rectangles, rhombuses, trapezoids, parallelograms and kites. A quadrilateral defined as a closed shape (polygon) that consists of exactly four straight lines.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a quadrangle with two pairs of parallel lines and all right angles called?

    A:

    Two types of geometric quadrilaterals, rectangles and squares, have two pairs of parallel lines and four right angles. In terms of these two shapes, they differ in that a square's sides are all equal length, whereas a rectangle generally has one longer pair and one shorter pair.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore