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# cap#2 - Ashley Gazewood Math 1600 MW 2:30 Cap#2 Problem...

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Ashley Gazewood Math 1600 MW 2:30 Cap #2 Problem Statement: How to find the area of various geometric figures, using the same formula Area = Base times Height. Describing how these formulas were developed and what do they mean? Activity Log: For this problem I started out by defining what area was to me. Area = base times heigh t….. or area is also known as length times height . If you were to have graph paper, length would be the total number of squared counted across the paper. Width would be the total number of squares counted perpendicular. If you were to take the same figure as above, and call the geometric figure a rectangle you could still use the formula length times width to find the area. Using the equation base times height would also allow you to find the area of any figure. Implying that base is the same as width; and height is equivalent to length. Base is the bottom of a 1

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figure, how wide it is across. Height is how tall a figure is, or the tallest length of a figure. The equation base times height works because it is multiplying one side to the other side, In other words, multiplying is a faster way then repeated addition. You multiple base times height instead of adding each row together or counting the square unties individually. This formula to find area can be used to find any geometric figure. Classifying what the figure is will help you find area by determining which is the base and height. Any four sided figure is considered to be a quadrilateral. Most quadrilaterals have special 2
characteristics which define them to be a certain geometric figure. A parallelogram is a quadrilateral with 2 pairs of parallel sides. To find the area of a parallelogram the formula is area= base times height.

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