# How to Find the Area of a Square

## Finding the Area of a Square

The area of a square is found using the formula:

In this formula, **a** is the length of each side of the square. The image below shows we mean by the length of the side:

## Interactive Widget

Use this **interactive widget** to create a square and then calculate its area. Start by clicking in the shaded area.

**Oops, it's broken!Turn your phone on its side to use this widget.**

## How to Find the Area of a Square

Finding the area of a square is easy.

### Question

What is the area of a square with sides of length 6 cm, as shown below?

### Step-by-Step:

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Substitute the side length into the formula. In our example, a = 6.

Area = 6^{2} = 6 × 6 = 36 cm^{2}

### Answer:

The area of the square with sides of length 6 cm is 36 cm^{2}.