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An enclosed trapezoid is drawn. Right 6, diagonally down, 5, and right, 6, left, 16, diagonally up, 5, right 4 to enclose the figure. A point is shown marking the midpoint of each side.In the Shape Factory, you created many shapes by rotating triangles about the midpoint of its sides. (Remember that the midpoint is the point exactly halfway between the endpoints of the line segment.) However, what if you rotate a trapezoid instead?  

Carefully draw the trapezoid above on graph paper, along with the given midpoints. Then rotate the trapezoid about one of the midpoints and examine the resulting shape formed by both trapezoids (the original and its image). Continue this process with each of the other midpoints, until you discover all the shapes that can be formed by a trapezoid and its image when rotated about the midpoint of one of its sides.

Rotating about the midpoint of the base forms a hexagon (one convex and one non-convex).
Rotating the trapezoid about the midpoint of either of the non-base sides forms a parallelogram.

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