What is the Formula for the Area of a Parallelogram?

What is the Formula for the Area of a Parallelogram?

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Parallelograms and rectangles are pretty similar. In fact, you can turn a parallelogram into a rectangle to find the formula for the area of a parallelogram! Check out this tutorial to see how it's done!

Keywords:

parallelogram

base

height

formula

Background Tutorials

Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.

A rectangle is one of the many fundamental shapes you'll see in math. Rectangles have special properties that can be very useful in helping you solve a problem. This tutorial introduces you to rectangles and explains their interesting qualities!

Prove theorems about parallelograms. Theorems include: opposite sides are congruent, opposite angles are congruent, the diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other, and conversely, rectangles are parallelograms with congruent diagonals.

A parallelogram is a special type of quadrilateral with some special properties. In this tutorial, take a look at parallelograms and learn what kinds of quadrilaterals can also be called parallelograms!

Further Exploration

Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.

Looking for the area of a parallelogram? Got the length of the base and the height? Then plug those values into the formula for the area of a parallelogram and solve. This tutorial takes you through the process!