Areas of Composite Shapes
Find the areas of combined shapes made up of one or more simple polygons and circles
This is level 2; Using letters to show how the areas of composite shapes are calculated.
If the area of
a and the area of
is b then the area of this compound
shape is 2a - b. Find the simplest way of expressing the areas of these shapes:
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Level 1 - A reminder of the area formulas for basic shapes
Level 2 - Using letters to show how the areas of composite shapes are calculated
Level 3 - Composite shapes made up of rectangles
Level 4 - Composite shapes made up of quadrilaterals, triangles and circles
Level 5 - Real life composite area questions from photographs
Level 6 - Some puzzling composite area questions designed to challenge
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