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Lesson 6: Decompose figures to find area

# Decomposing shapes to find area: subtract

Lindsay finds the area of an irregular shape by decomposing it into 2 rectangles and subtracting the area of the rectangles.  Created by Lindsay Spears.

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• why didn't you just subtract 16 from 72.
• At , she could do 72-16=56 because 72 and 16 are the results of the expressions just above. After that, she could prove, subtracting step by step. The way she followed made the calc 4x4=16 unnecessary.
• 16-72 not that hard
• It should not be hard for 3rd graders
• why does she say the area looks like a rectangle when it looks like a square?
• All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. You can say that a square is a rectangle and be correct, but the inverse is not true, only some rectangles are squares.
• Unfortunately this is hard for some people and easy for others. Personally, it's easy for me but I completely understand why it can be hard. If you don't get it it most certainly doesn't mean you are stupid. Everyone has their tough spots. Place value is the easiest thing on earth and it took me years to understand it.
• This explains well honestly whoever made the video I say to you well done girl well done.
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• this is not hard for me because I'm a 3rd grader and good at math I do 5th-grade stuff in math this is ez make it harder but it still helps me thank you khan Academy is so good with you in the videos it makes my day so good I love learning
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