Help your students prepare for their Maths GCSE with this free area of a parallelogram worksheet of 23 questions and answers
Area is the amount of space covered by a 2D shape and is measured in square units – metric units of area include mm², cm² and m². At GCSE, students are expected to find the area of a few different quadrilaterals, including the area of trapezoids, parallelograms and rhombuses.
The formula for the area of a parallelogram is similar to the formula for the area of a rectangle. To work out the area of a parallelogram, we use the formula base perpendicular height. As a rhombus is a parallelogram with four equal sides, this formula also works to find the area of a rhombus.
Sometimes students are given the total area of the parallelogram, and are asked to find the height of the parallelogram or the length of the base. To do this, divide the area by the given side length. This can require students to work with decimals as well as whole numbers so it is important these skills are secure. They may also need to convert between different metric units – for example, if one side is given in centimetres and the other in millimetres.
In addition to using integers for the sides of the parallelogram, decimals and fractions are also common – for example, applying multiplication of fractions to the area of a parallelogram.
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