Wittenbauer theorem

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Take an arbitrary quadrangle and divide each of the four sides into three equal parts. Draw the lines through adjacent dividing points. The result is a parallelogram. This theorem is due to F. Wittenbauer (around 1900).

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The centre of the parallelogram is the centroid (centre of mass) of the lamina (plate of uniform density) defined by the original quadrangle.


[a1] H.S.M. Coxeter, "Introduction to geometry" , Wiley (1969) pp. 216
[a2] W. Blaschke, "Projektive Geometrie" , Birkhäuser (1954) pp. 13
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This article was adapted from an original article by M. Hazewinkel (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article