How to Find the Area of a Parallelogram

Finding the Area of a Parallelogram

The area of a parallelogram is found using the formula:

In this formula, b is the length of the base of the parallelogram and h is the height of the parallelogram. The image below shows what we mean by the length of the base and the height:

How to Find the Area of a Parallelogram

Question

What is the area of a parallelogram with a base 8 cm and a height of 3 cm, as shown below?

Step-by-Step:

1

Start with the formula:

Area = bh

Don't forget: bh = b × h

2

Substitute the length of the base and the height into the formula. In our example, b = 8 and h = 3.

Area = 8 × 3 = 24 cm2

Answer:

The area of the parallelogram with a base of 8 cm and a height of 3 cm is 24 cm2.

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