Review the basics of area of rectangles and try some practice problems.
What is area?
Area is the space inside of a two-dimensional shape. We can also think of area as the amount of space a shape covers.
For example, the rectangle below has an area of square units because it covers square units.
Want to learn more about the concept of area? Check out this video.
Area of a rectangle formula
To find the area of a rectangle, we multiply the length of the rectangle by the width of the rectangle.
Want to know why this formula works? Check out this video.
Practice set 1: Multiply to find area
What is the area of the rectangle?
Want to try some more area of rectangle problems? Check out this exercise:
Area of rectangles
Area of rectangles
Practice set 2: Count square units to find area
What is the area of the shape? Each square in the grid is a unit square.
Practice set 3: Challenge items
This cat and bird picture has an area of square centimeters. The height of the picture is centimeters.
What is the width of the picture?
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- If a shape is uneven, how can we work out the area?(10 votes)
- Try to break the shape into simpler shapes - ones that have areas that are easy to calculate. Calculate the area of each smaller shape, then add them all together to get the area of the whole shape.
(This is what they did up above when they had us count squares to figure out the area of the big shape.)
Each square is 1x1, so the area of each square is one.
(First step: calculating the area of the smaller shapes.)
Then when we counted all the squares, the total number of squares was also the area of the shape.
(Second step: add together all the areas of the smaller shapes.)
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- It would! For a rectangle, it doesn't really matter which side is length and which side is width. Because the order in which you multiply two numbers doesn't matter, the area is the same both ways. You can think of just turning a rectangle from the skinny side being horizontal to it being vertical. Nothing changes about the amount of space the rectangle takes up, so its area is the same :)(6 votes)