The area of a shape is how many square cm are inside.
A compound shape is 2 smaller shapes joined together.
To work out the total area, split the shape into the smaller shapes, work out the area of each, then add them together.
Find the area of the two following shapes:
First, we need to split the shapes into smaller shapes.
To find the area of
this shape by multiplying 2 by 7.
2cm x 7cm = 14²
We must first find the correct
length of this shape as it is
not the full 8cm.
8cm - 2cm = 6cm
6cm x 4cm = 24²
The area of the two shapes is
and 2 x 7 = 14cm²
4cm x 6cm = 24cm²
Finally, we need to add the area of each shape together to find the total area:
24cm² + 14cm² = 38cm²
Area = 4 x 10 + 4 x 3