Varignon’s Theorem is one of my favorite results in elementary geometry: connect the adjacent midpoints of the four sides of any quadrilateral, and a parallelogram is formed! It is a magical result that defies expectations, and it’s so much fun to play around with, explore, and extend.
Steven Strogatz shared his favorite proof of Varignon’s Theorem on Twitter yesterday, and so I felt compelled to share mine. This is a standard proof of Varignon, but it is so clean and elegant: it is an immediate consequence of the Triangle Midsegment Theorem and the transitivity of parallelism.
Strogatz’s vector proof is beautiful and efficient, but the power of transitivity really shines in this elementary geometric proof.
I created a a simple Desmos demonstration to explore Varignon’s Theorem. And like all compelling mathematical results, there are so many fascinating follow-up questions to ask!