The Math Forum

Ask Dr. Math - Questions and Answers from our Archives
Associated Topics || Dr. Math Home || Search Dr. Math

Area of a Parallelogram

Date: 5/28/96 at 21:8:52
From: Steven Kissell
Subject: Area of a Parallelogram

I don't understand how to find the area of a parallelogram!

Date: 6/21/96 at 16:17:9
From: Doctor Leigh
Subject: Re: Area of a Parallelogram


The formula for the area of a parallelogram is base times height.  The 
base of the parallelogram can be taken to be any side (although it is 
traditionally considered to be the side that is on the bottom of the 
parallelogram.)  The height is the length of a line going from the 
base at a right angle to the opposite side.

Thanks for the question - I hope you understand it better now.

-Doctor Leigh Ann,  The Math Forum
 Check out our web site!   
Associated Topics:
Middle School Geometry
Middle School Triangles and Other Polygons

Search the Dr. Math Library:

Find items containing (put spaces between keywords):
Click only once for faster results:

[ Choose "whole words" when searching for a word like age.]

all keywords, in any order at least one, that exact phrase
parts of words whole words

Submit your own question to Dr. Math

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

Math Forum Home || Math Library || Quick Reference || Math Forum Search

Ask Dr. MathTM
© 1994- The Math Forum at NCTM. All rights reserved.