Finding the Area of a Figure

Definition: Area is the total amount of space inside a two dimensional shape. Area is measured in square units, such as “square meters” or m².

Each two dimensional figure has its own unique area formula.

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Example: Find the area of the rectangle:

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Solution:

Use the area formula for rectangles to find the area of the figure.

Step 1: For this figure, we’ll use the formula Length x Width = Area. We can determine these values from the figure:
length = 5 m
width = 2 m

Step 2: Plug the values into the formula and solve.
Length x Width = Area
5 x 2 = Area
10 = Area

Because area is always measured in square units, we will label this answer as 10 square meters or 10 m².

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