Simple shapes

The perimeter of a shape is the distance around its boundary. This is a length, and is said to have \({1}\) dimension (1D).

Example

An ant walks all the way around the edge of a rectangle, measuring \(3~cm\) by \(4~cm\).

What distance will it have travelled?

Perimeter of a square diagram

Perimeter \(= 4 + 3 + 4 + 3 = 14~cm\)

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When calculating the perimeter, remember to include the length of every side.