Here we will discuss about how to find the area of a parallelogram. To calculate area of parallelogram we need to remember the formula and solve stepbystep.
ABCD is a parallelogram with base (b) and altitude (h).
Area of parallelogram = 2 × Area of ∆ABC
= 2 × 1/2 × base × height sq. units
= 2 × 1/2 × AB × CE sq. units
= b × h sq. units
= base × height sq. units
Perimeter of parallelogram = 2(AB + BC)
= 2 × (Sum of adjacent sides)
Workedout examples on area of parallelograms:
1. The base of the parallelogram is thrice its height. If the area is 192 cm², find the base and height.
Solution:
Let the height of the parallelogram = x cm
then the base of the parallelogram = 3x cm
Area of the parallelogram = 192 cm²
Area of parallelogram = base × height
192 = 3x × x
⇒ 3x² = 192
⇒ x² = 64
⇒ x = 8
Therefore, 3x = 3 × 8 = 24
Therefore, Base of the parallelogram is 24 cm and height is 8 cm.
2. A parallelogram has sides 12 cm and 9 cm. If the distance between its shorter sides is 8 cm, find the distance between its longer side.
Solution:
Adjacent sides of parallelogram = 2 cm and 9 cm
Distance between shorter sides = 8 cm
Area of parallelogram = b × h
= 9 × 8 cm²
= 72 cm²
Again, area of parallelogram = b × h
⇒ 72 = 12 × h
⇒ h = 72/12
⇒ h = 6 cm
Therefore, the distance between its longer side = 6 cm.
3. ABCD is a parallelogram in which AB = 20 cm, BC = 13 cm, AC = 21 cm. Find the area of parallelogram ABCD.
Solution:
Area of parallelogram ABCD = 2 area of ∆ABC
In ∆ ABC,
AB = 20 cm BC = 13 cm AC = 21 cm
So, s = (20 + 15 + 21)/2
= 54/2
= 27
Therefore, area of ∆ABC = √(27 (27  20) (27  13) (27  21))
= √(27 × 7 × 14 × 6)
= √(3 × 3 × 3 × 7 × 2 × 7 × 2 × 3)
= 2 × 3 × 3 × 7
= 126 cm²
Area of parallelogram ABCD = 2 area of ∆ABC
= 2 × 126 cm²
= 252 cm²
The detailed explanations on the formula of perimeter and area of parallelogram are explained above with the stepbystep solution.
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