# Finding Area

## Overview

We can use these formulas to find the area of other shapes as well.

For example…

Find the area of the trapezoid.

First decompose the shape into **2 triangles** and **1 rectangle**.

Next find the area of the triangles and the rectangle separately.

Triangle 1 | Rectangle | Triangle 2 |
---|---|---|

(6)(5) = 30 |

Next, add the areas together.

5 + 30 + 5 = 40

a = 40 ✓

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