The area of a shape is a measure of the 2 dimensional space that it covers. Area is measured in squares - eg square cm, square metres and square km.
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A square cm has a length of 1 cm. We say that it has an area of 1 cm2 ( 1 cm squared).
This rectangle contains six squares. Each of the squares has an area of 1cm2, so the area of the rectangle is 6cm2.
By counting the squares, find the area of the following shapes:
Remember, there are six whole squares and four half squares in the triangle.
Another way to find the area of a rectangle is to multiply its length by its width.
The formula is: area = length × width
We can rearrange this formula to find the length or the width:
length = area ÷ width
width = area ÷ length
What is the length of this rectangle?
The area is 56cm2 and the width is 7cm, so the length is 56 ÷ 7 = 8cm
Look at the triangle below:
If you multiply the base by the perpendicular height, you get the area of a rectangle. The area of the triangle is half the area of the rectangle.
So to find the area of a triangle, multiply the base by the perpendicular height and divide by two. The formula is:
Area = (b × h)/2
Find the area of this triangle:
The area of the triangle is:
(5 × 8)/2 = 40/2 = 20cm2
There are two different methods for finding the area of this shape:
Divide the shape into squares and rectangles, find their individual areas and then add them together.
Area = 16 + 16 + 48 = 80cm2
Imagine the shape as a large rectangle with a section cut out.
Find the area of the large rectangle (12 × 8) and then subtract the part that has been cut out (4 × 4)
Area = (12 × 8) - (4 × 4) = 96 - 16 = 80cm2
The area of a parallelogram is the base × perpendicular height (b × h).
You can see that this is true by rearranging the parallelogram to make a rectangle.
Use the perpendicular height of the parallelogram, not the sloping height.
Find the area of this parallelogram:
The answer is 21cm2.
Remember to use the perpendicular height.
You now know how to find the area of a parallelogram, but what happens if you need to find the base or the height? You just have to rearrange the formula.
A = b × h
h = A ÷ b
b = A ÷ h
Q1. The area of this parallelogram is 12cm2. What is its perpendicular height?
Q2. Find the length of the base of this parallelogram:
A1. h = A ÷ b
h = 12 ÷ 4 = 3cm
A2. b = A ÷ h
b = 40 ÷ 5 = 8cm
Remember to divide the area by the perpendicular height.
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