Geometry is one of the oldest and main branches of mathematics. Measurement of the earth is the exact meaning of the word ‘Geometry’. The geometry began when men felt the need to measure their lands while buying and selling. Various shapes and figures with which we deal in geometry are called geometrical figures. In 5th grade geometry, we learn about the construction of geometrical figures and study their basic properties. Thus, one can say that geometry is the science of properties and relations of figures.

We will learn about some basic concepts and terms in geometry.

In geometry terms namely point, line and plane form the foundation of geometry. These terms point, line and plane are cannot be precisely defined. However we give examples to illustrate the meaning of these terms. Geometry is all about describing shapes and their properties.

We have already learned about points, line segments, rays, straight lines, angles etc. Hence, we will revise these terms in brief.

Geometry is a science in which we study some properties and relations of points, lines, planes and solids in space.

Let us recall and review some of the concepts we developed earlier.

Point, Line, Line Segment, Ray and Straight Line:

Point: A circle of zero radius is known as point. Point is simply a dot (.) A point has no length, no breadth or no height (thickness).

A point is represented by a dot (.)

Points are named with capital letters A, B, C, D, etc.

Point Geometry

Collinear Points: The points lying on the same straight line are called collinear points. Points A, B, C, D, E are collinear points because all of them are lying on the same straight line.

Non-Collinear Points: The points which are not on the same straight line are called non Collinear Points. Points A, B, C and D are non collinear points because all of them are not on the same straight line.

Line: Points join together to form a line.

A line has no end points.

Given below is line MN.


A line represented by two points on it.

Line MN = \(\overleftrightarrow{MN}\)

The two arrows show that it extends indefinitely to both directions.

Line Segment: 

A line segment is a part of a line.

It has two end points.

The given figure shows a line segment AB. It has two end points A and B. Every line segment has a definite measure which is equal to its length.

A line segment is represented with the two end points.

Line segment AB = AB

Line Segment Geometry


A ray has an end point on one side and it extends indefinitely on the other side. Given below is a ray ST.

A ray is represented by the end point and another point on it.

The given figure shows ray AB. The symbol for the ray AB is \(\overrightarrow{AB}\). It has one end point. It can be extended to any length in the direction of B from A.

Ray Geometry

Straight Line: The given figure shows a straight line AB. The symbol for the straight line AB is \(\overleftrightarrow{AB}\). It has no end points.

Straight Line Geometry

Plane: A plane is a flat surface. A plane extends in all the four directions infinitely endlessly in length and breadth.

Plane Geometry

A plane cannot be drawn on a piece of paper. It has no boundary and what we draw on a paper is a part of a plane only but not the plane itself. Table top, wall, roof of the room etc. are the examples of the part of the plane.

In short, a plane is a flat surface like a table top, a book etc. The plane can be extended in all the directions. So, a part of plane can only be represented on a sheet of paper. Points and lines lie on a plane. It is named by marking three points on it.

Geometrical Shape Plane

Hence, flat shapes like lines; circles and triangles that can be drawn on a flat surface for example on a piece of paper are called plane geometry.

The three dimensional objects like cubes, cuboids, prisms, cylinder and pyramids are called solid geometry.

Questions and Answers on Geometry:

I. How many line segments are needed to draw:

(i) a rectangle

(ii) a square

(iii) a cube

(iv) a triangle


I. (i) 4

(ii) 4

(iii) 12

(iv) 3



Interior and Exterior of an Angle.

Measuring an Angle by a Protractor.

Types of Angles.

Pairs of Angles.

Bisecting an angle.

Construction of Angles by using Compass.

Worksheet on Angles.

Geometry Practice Test on angles.



Classification of Triangle.

Properties of Triangle.

Worksheet on Triangle.

To Construct a Triangle whose Three Sides are given.

To Construct a Triangle when Two of its Sides and the included Angles are given.

To Construct a Triangle when Two of its Angles and the included Side are given.

To Construct a Right Triangle when its Hypotenuse and One Side are given.

Worksheet on Construction of Triangles.



Relation between Diameter Radius and Circumference.

Worksheet on Circle.

Practice Test on Circle.


Elements of a Quadrilateral.

Types of Quadrilaterals.

Parallel Lines.

Perpendicular Lines.

Construction of Perpendicular Lines by using a Protractor.

Sum of Angles of a Quadrilateral.

Worksheet on Quadrilateral.

Practice Test on Quadrilaterals.


Area of a Rectangle.

Area of a Square.

To find Area of a Rectangle when Length and Breadth are of Different Units.

To find Length or Breadth when Area of a Rectangle is given.

Areas of Irregular Figures.

To find Cost of Painting or Tilling when Area and Cost per Unit is given.

To find the Number of Bricks or Tiles when Area of Path and Brick is given.

Worksheet on Area.

Word Problems on Area of a Rectangle

Word Problems on Area of a Square

Worksheet on Area of a Square and Rectangle

Worksheet on Area of Regular Figures

Practice Test on Area.


Units of Volume



Practice Test on Volume.

Worksheet on Volume of a Cube and Cuboid

Worksheet on Volume.

5th Grade Math Problems

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