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The height of a trapezoid is 7 centimeters and the bases are 4.6 and 7.4 centimeters. What is the area?

42 sq. cm

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The height of a trapezoid is 9 meters and the bases are 6.2 and 7.8 meters. What is the area?

63 sq. m

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Vinny has a garden that is shaped like a trapezoid. The trapezoid has a height of 3.4 yards and the bases are 8.2 and 5.6 yards. How many square yards will be available to plant?


Step 1. Read the problem. Draw the figure and label it with the given information. .
Step 2. Identify what you are looking for. the area of a trapezoid
Step 3. Name. Choose a variable to represent it. Let A = the area
Step 4. Translate.
Write the appropriate formula.

Step 5. Solve the equation. .
Step 6. Check: Is this answer reasonable?
Yes. The area of the trapezoid is less than the area of a rectangle with a base of 8.2 yd and height 3.4 yd, but more than the area of a rectangle with base 5.6 yd and height 3.4 yd.
This image is a table with two rows. the first row is split into three columns. The first column is the formula Area of a rectangle equals base times height. On the next line under this it has numbers plugged into the formula; the base, 8.2 in parentheses times the height 3.4 in parentheses. Under this is it has “equals 27.88 yards squared”. The center column includes the formula of a trapezoid and says Area of a trapezoid equals one half times 3.5 yards in parentheses times 5.8 plus 8.2 in parentheses. Under this it has “equals 23.46 yards squared”. In the third column it it has the formula the area of a rectangle equals base times height. Under this it has equals 5.6 in parentheses times 3.4 in parentheses. Under this it has “equals 19.04 yards squared.” In the second row, centered from left to right it has “Area of a rectangle” and a “greater than” sign, “Area of a trapezoid” and a greater than sign and “area of a rectangle”. Under Area of a rectangle it has 27.88, then 23.46 under “area of a trapezoid”, then 19.04 under “area of a rectangle”.
Step 7. Answer the question. Vinny has 23.46 square yards in which he can plant.
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Lin wants to sod his lawn, which is shaped like a trapezoid. The bases are 10.8 yards and 6.7 yards, and the height is 4.6 yards. How many square yards of sod does he need?

40.25 sq. yd

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Kira wants cover his patio with concrete pavers. If the patio is shaped like a trapezoid whose bases are 18 feet and 14 feet and whose height is 15 feet, how many square feet of pavers will he need?

240 sq. ft

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Key concepts

  • Properties of Rectangles
    • Rectangles have four sides and four right (90°) angles.
    • The lengths of opposite sides are equal.
    • The perimeter, P , of a rectangle is the sum of twice the length and twice the width.
      • P = 2 L + 2 W
    • The area, A , of a rectangle is the length times the width.
      • A = L W
  • Triangle Properties
    • For any triangle Δ A B C , the sum of the measures of the angles is 180°.
      • m A + m B + m C = 180°
    • The perimeter of a triangle is the sum of the lengths of the sides.
      • P = a + b + c
    • The area of a triangle is one-half the base, b, times the height, h.
      • A = 1 2 b h

Practice makes perfect

Understand Linear, Square, and Cubic Measure

In the following exercises, determine whether you would measure each item using linear, square, or cubic units.

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In the following exercises, find the perimeter and area of each figure. Assume each side of the square is 1 cm.

Use the Properties of Rectangles

In the following exercises, find the perimeter and area of each rectangle.

The length of a rectangle is 85 feet and the width is 45 feet.

  1. 260 ft
  2. 3825 sq. ft

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The length of a rectangle is 26 inches and the width is 58 inches.

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A rectangular room is 15 feet wide by 14 feet long.

  1. 58 ft
  2. 210 sq. ft

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Questions & Answers

how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
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Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
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I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
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Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
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