The area can only be found for flat surfaces, so it does not make sense to say, " What is the area of a box ? "

You could however, find the volume of the box

A tile, a tabletop, a rug, a ping pong table, a tennis court, a soccer field, and a foorball field are all examples of shapes that you can get the area for

To get the amount of space inside a figure, we use a square to represent 1 unit and we say that the area is measured in square units

Take a look at the following rectangle. To get the area, we are going to draw squares of equal sizes inside of it.

We can also write 8 units

Notice,it is very important, that you can get the same answer if you multiply 2 square units by 4 square units because 2 × 4 = 8

2 square units represent the measure of the width and 4 square units represent the measure for the length.

Thus, in general, to get the area for a rectangle, just use the following formula:

In practice, when looking for the area of shapes, you will be using real life units such, inches, yards, feet, and so forth

The following examples demonstrate how to do this

Area = length × width = 5 × 2 = 10 square inches or 10 inches

This also means that we can fit 10 squares with a side of 1 inch inside this rectangle.

Find the area of the following rectangle

Now,that you understand how to get the area for a rectangle, it is going to be easy to get the area of shapes such as squares, triangles, and trapezoid.

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