# Area of a Trapezium

## Check that you can find the area of a trapezium and use the trapezium area formula for problem solving.

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This is level 2: apply the trapezium area formula in different ways. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 questions correct and you do this activity online. The diagrams are not drawn to scale.

 The area of the trapezium shown in the diagram is 35cm2. Find the value of a Working: cm The area of the trapezium shown in the diagram is 130cm2. Find the value of b Working: cm The area of the trapezium shown in the diagram is 456m2. Find the value of c in metres Working: m Find the area of the trapezium shown in the diagram if its perimeter is 66cm and its height is 20cm Working: cm2 The area of the composite shape made with two identical trapezia is 3420mm2. Calculate the distance from A to B. Working: mm Four congruent trapezia are drawn on an empty car park as shown. The total area of the composite shape they form is 2820m2. Find the value of d Working: m The perpendicular distance between the parallel sides of this trapezium is 17cm. The area of the trapezium is 255cm2. Find the value of x Working: cm The perpendicular distance between the parallel sides of this trapezium is 14cm. The area of the trapezium is 630cm2. Find the value of y Working: cm The parallel sides of a trapezium are 12cm apart. The ratio of the lengths of the parallel sides is 5:6. If the area of the trapezium is 330cm2 find the difference between the lengths of the two parallel sides. Working: cm The parallel sides of a trapezium are 18cm apart. One of the two parallel sides is 12cm longer than the other. If the area of the trapezium is 504cm2 find the length of the longer of the two parallel sides. Working: cm
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This is Area of a Trapezium level 2. You can also try:
Level 1 Areas of other shapes

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

"What is the definition of a trapezium? Is it a shape with exactly one pair of parallel sides or at least one pair of parallel sides? Or maybe even none at all! Different cultures define a trapezium slightly differently and many have the term trapezoid too. In the US (for some) a trapezium is a four sided polygon with no parallel sides; in the UK a trapezium is a four sided polygon with exactly one pair of parallel sides; whereas in Canada a trapezoid has an inclusive definition in that it’s a four sided-polygon with at least one pair of parallel sides - hence parallelograms are special trapezoids.

To read the full blog post go to Cambridge Mathematics."

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Level 1 - Find the areas of the trapezia

Level 2 - Apply the trapezium area formula in different ways

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## Formula

The area of a trapezium is half the sum of the parallel sides multiplied by the distance between them.

## Example

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