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You Will Need
- The dimensions of the trapezoid
- A calculator
Sum the length of the two parallel sides
Add the lengths of the two parallel sides of the trapezoid.
Multiply by the height
Find the height of the trapezoid. Using a calculator, multiply the sum of the lengths by the height.
Divide by two
Divide the product by two. This is the area of the trapezoid.
Look for similar examples
Be on the lookout for other polygons whose areas can be determined more easily if the polygons are composed of simpler shapes.