Attribute - Definition with Examples

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What is Attribute?

The term “attribute” in the context of math means the traits or the properties of a shape or an object. For example, observe the following picture of books.

Finding attributes

In the above image, the traits of the books can be listed as:

  • Shape – Rectangle

  • Color – Red and Blue

  • Page count

  • Length & Breadth in a given unit

  • Weight

 

Attributes of a shape

The attributes of a geometric shape define the characteristics of that shape visually and mathematically. For example, consider a “square” as shown below. The attributes of a square are:

Attributes of a shape

 

Visual Attributes

Mathematical Attributes

  • Shape has 4 sides and 4 vertices

  • All sides are equal

  • Opposite sides are parallel

  • Each side measures 2 inches

  • The angle between any two adjacent sides is 90 degree

 

Similarly, based on the attributes, we can determine the type of triangle:

Right-angle triangle Equilateral triangle Scalene triangle
  • Type: Right-angle triangle

  • Two sides can be equal

  • The color of the triangle is yellow

  • The angle between the two sides is 90 degree

  • Type: Equilateral triangle

  • The color of the triangle is purple

  • All 3 sides are equal

  • The angle between the two adjacent sides is 60 degrees

  • Type: Scalene triangle

  • The color of the triangle is green

  • All 3 sides are unequal 

  • One of the angles between the two sides is more than 90 degrees

 

The unique attributes or properties of geometric shapes help us to distinguish and categorize them.

 

Application

The elementary math skills in children initiate with visual observation before understanding numbers and comprehending them. Understanding the attributes of geometric figures, math expressions (such as symbols and operators) and translating them in the form of numbers is the key step achieved with finding “attributes”.

 

  Fun Facts

  • Astronomers explored and named the famous star constellations after zodiac signs by finding similar attributes between them

  • Computer programming and code writing are logic development skills which uses the functions & attributes of a programming language

 

Related math vocabulary

  • Properties of geometric shapes

  • Quadrilaterals

  • Coordinates

 

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