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Area of Shapes!

26 Nov

Finding the area of a square and rectangle are easy to find. The forulma for find the area of a square is 4S, and the forulma for the area of the rectangle is 2W x 2L. These are two basic forulmas that make finding area easy. However when you get into shapes like a triangle and dont know the parts that you need, you can make these shapes in to ones that we know.

When finding the area of a triangle can be difficult if you dont know all the parts or if it is part of another shape. For examlpe if the the triangle is inside a square and we can find the area of the square we can find the area of the triangle. The picture below is a square with a triangle inside it we want to know the area of the triangle.

We know the area of the square by counting the square inside of the big one. The area of this square is 12 square centimeters. After finding the area we can cut out the triangle which we want to find the area. The picture below is cutting out the triangle, notice that when you cut out the one triangle the two extra parts make the same triangle.

With two triangles that are the same, we can conclude that the area of one triangle is half the area of the square. The area of the trangle is 6 square centimeters. The formula for the area of a triangle is 1/2BxH. We can also use this to find other shapes that we do not know. If the shape can be made in to a square or a rectangle this is a good way to find the area of something!

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Posted by on November 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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