Skew Quadrilateral


A four-sided quadrilateral not contained in a plane. The lines connecting the midpoints of opposite sides of a skew quadrilateral intersect (and bisect) each other (Steinhaus 1999).

The problem of finding the minimum bounding surface of a skew quadrilateral was solved by Schwarz (Schwarz 1890, Wells 1991) in terms of Abelian integrals and has the shape of a saddle. It is given by solving


See also

Hyperbolic Paraboloid, Quadrilateral, Skew Polygon

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