Area of a Parallelogram
(KS3, Year 7)
The LessonThe area of a parallelogram is found using the formula:
In this formula, b is the length of the base of the parallelogram and h is the height of the parallelogram. The image below shows what we mean by the length of the base and the height:
How to Find the Area of a ParallelogramFinding the area of a parallelogram is easy.
QuestionWhat is the area of a parallelogram with a base 8 cm and a height of 3 cm, as shown below?
Start with the formula:
Area = bhDon't forget: bh = b × h
Substitute the length of the base and the height into the formula. In our example, b = 8 and h = 3.
Area = 8 × 3 = 24 cm2
Answer:The area of the parallelogram with a base of 8 cm and a height of 3 cm is 24 cm2.
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What Is a Parallelogram?An ellipse is a squashed circle. A parallelogram is a flat, four-sided shape (a quadrilateral) whose opposite sides are of equal length and parallel.
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