<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="1; url=/nojavascript/"> Kites ( Read ) | Geometry | CK-12 Foundation
Skip Navigation
You are viewing an older version of this Concept. Go to the latest version.


Practice Kites
Practice Now

What if you were told that WIND is a kite and you are given information about some of its angles or its diagonals? How would you find the measure of its other angles or its sides? After completing this Concept, you'll be able to find the value of a kite's unknown angles and sides.

Watch This

CK-12 Kites


A kite is a quadrilateral with two distinct sets of adjacent congruent sides. It looks like a kite that flies in the air.

From the definition, a kite could be concave. If a kite is concave, it is called a dart. The word distinct in the definition means that the two pairs of congruent sides have to be different. This means that a square or a rhombus is not a kite.

The angles between the congruent sides are called vertex angles. The other angles are called non-vertex angles. If we draw the diagonal through the vertex angles, we would have two congruent triangles.

Facts about Kites

1) The non-vertex angles of a kite are congruent.

If KITE is a kite, then \angle K \cong \angle T .

2) The diagonal through the vertex angles is the angle bisector for both angles.

If KITE is a kite, then \angle KEI \cong \angle IET and \angle KIE \cong \angle EIT .

3) Kite Diagonals Theorem: The diagonals of a kite are perpendicular.

\triangle KET and \triangle KIT are isosceles triangles, so \overline{EI} is the perpendicular bisector of \overline{KT} (Isosceles Triangle Theorem).

Example A

Find the missing measures in the kites below.




a) The two angles left are the non-vertex angles, which are congruent.

130^\circ + 60^\circ + x + x & = 360^\circ\\2x & = 170^\circ\\x & = 85^\circ \qquad \text{Both angles are}\ 85^\circ.

b) The other non-vertex angle is also 94^\circ . To find the fourth angle, subtract the other three angles from 360^\circ .

90^\circ + 94^\circ + 94^\circ + x & = 360^\circ\\x & = 82^\circ

Example B

Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the lengths of the sides of the kite.

Recall that the Pythagorean Theorem says a^2 + b^2 = c^2 , where c is the hypotenuse. In this kite, the sides are the hypotenuses.

6^2 + 5^2 & = h^2 && 12^2 + 5^2 = j^2\\36 + 25 & = h^2 && 144 + 25 = j^2\\61 & = h^2 && \qquad \ 169 = j^2\\\sqrt{61} & = h && \qquad \quad 13 = j

Example C

Prove that the non-vertex angles of a kite are congruent.

Given : KITE with \overline{KE} \cong \overline{TE} and \overline{KI} \cong \overline{TI}

Prove : \angle K \cong \angle T

Statement Reason
1. \overline{KE} \cong \overline{TE} and \overline{KI} \cong \overline{TI} 1. Given
2. \overline{EI} \cong \overline{EI} 2. Reflexive PoC
3. \triangle EKI \cong \triangle ETI 3. SSS
4. \angle K \cong \angle T 4. CPCTC

CK-12 Kites

Guided Practice

KITE is a kite.


  1. m \angle KIS
  2. m \angle IST
  3. m \angle SIT


1. m\angle KIS=25^\circ by the Triangle Sum Theorem (remember that \angle KSI is a right angle because the diagonals are perpendicular.)

2. m\angle IST=90^\circ because the diagonals are perpendicular.

3.  m\angle SIT=25^\circ because it is congruent to \angle KIS .


For questions 1-6, find the value of the missing variable(s). All figures are kites.

For questions 7-11, find the value of the missing variable(s).

  1. Fill in the blanks to the proof below.

Given : \overline{KE} \cong \overline{TE} and \overline{KI} \cong \overline{TI}

Prove : \overline{EI} is the angle bisector of \angle KET and \angle KIT

Statement Reason
1. \overline{KE} \cong \overline{TE} and \overline{KI} \cong \overline{TI} 1.
2. \overline{EI} \cong \overline{EI} 2.
3. \triangle EKI \cong \triangle ETI 3.
4. 4. CPCTC
5. \overline{EI} is the angle bisector of \angle KET and \angle KIT 5.
  1. Fill in the blanks to the proof below.

Given : \overline{EK} \cong \overline{ET}, \overline{KI} \cong \overline{IT}

Prove : \overline{KT} \bot \overline{EI}

Statement Reason
1. \overline{KE} \cong \overline{TE} and \overline{KI} \cong \overline{TI} 1.
2. 2. Definition of isosceles triangles
3. \overline{EI} is the angle bisector of \angle KET and  \angle KIT 3.
4. 4. Isosceles Triangle Theorem
5. \overline{KT} \bot \overline{EI} 5.




A quadrilateral with distinct adjacent congruent sides.

Image Attributions

Explore More

Sign in to explore more, including practice questions and solutions for Kites.


Please wait...
Please wait...

Original text