WME@Kimpton Middle
Area of a ParallelogramYou already know how to find the area of a rectangle. Now we will consider the area of a parallelogram. Recall that a parallelogram is a quadrilateral (figure with four straight sides) whose opposite sides are all parallel. The diagram on the right shows the base and height of a parallelogram. The height is the length of a perpenticular line from the base to the opposite side (the distance between these two sides). A rectangle is actually a special kind of parallelogram. To find the area of a parallelogram, you observe that there is a rectangle that has the same area. Find the area of that rectangle and you are done.

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