# Area of Combined Figures

A combined figure is a geometrical shape that is the combination of many simple geometrical shapes.

To find the area of combined figures we will follow the steps:

Step I: First we divide the combined figure into its simple geometrical shapes.

Step II: Then calculate the area of these simple geometrical shapes separately,

Step III: Finally, to find the required area of the combined figure we need to add or subtract these areas.

Solved Examples on Area of combined figures:

1. Find the area of the shaded region of the adjoining figure. (Use π = $$\frac{22}{7}$$)

JKLM is a square of side 7 cm. O is the centre of the semicircle MNL.

Solution:

Step I: First we divide the combined figure into its simple geometrical shapes.

The given combined shape is combination of a square and a semicircle.

Step II: Then calculate the area of these simple geometrical shapes separately.

Area of the square JKLM = 72 cm2

= 49 cm2

Area of the semicircle LNM = $$\frac{1}{2}$$ π ∙ $$(\frac{7}{2})^{2}$$ cm2 , [Since, diameter LM = 7 cm]

= $$\frac{1}{2}$$  ∙  $$\frac{22}{7}$$ ∙ $$\frac{49}{4}$$ cm2

= $$\frac{77}{4}$$ cm2

= 19.25 cm2

Step III: Finally, add these areas up to get the total area of the combined figure.

Therefore, the required area = 49 cm2 + 19.25 cm2

= 68.25 cm2.

2. In the adjoining figure, PQRS is a square of side 14 cm and O is the centre of the circle touching all sides of the square.

Find the area of the shaded region.

Solution:

Step I: First we divide the combined figure into its simple geometrical shapes.

The given combined shape is combination of a square and a circle.

Step II: Then calculate the area of these simple geometrical shapes separately.

Area of the square PQRS = 142 cm2

= 196 cm2

Area of the circle with centre O = π ∙ 72 cm2, [Since, diameter SR = 14 cm]

= $$\frac{22}{7}$$ ∙ 49 cm2

= 22 × 7 cm2

= 154 cm2

Step III: Finally, to find the required area of the combined figure we need to subtract the area of the circle from the area of the square.

Therefore, the required area = 196 cm2 - 154 cm2

= 42 cm2

3. In the adjoining figure alongside, there are four equal quadrants of circles each of radius 3.5 cm, their centres being P, Q, R and S.

Find the area of the shaded region.

Solution:

Step I: First we divide the combined figure into its simple geometrical shapes.

The given combined shape is combination of a square and four quadrants.

Step II:Then calculate the area of these simple geometrical shapes separately.

Area of the square PQRS = 72 cm2, [Since, side of the square = 7 cm]

= 49 cm2

Area of the quadrant APB = $$\frac{1}{4}$$ π ∙ r2 cm2

= $$\frac{1}{4}$$ ∙ $$\frac{22}{7}$$  ∙  $$(\frac{7}{2})^{2}$$ cm2, [Since, side of the square = 7 cm and radius of the quadrant = $$\frac{7}{2}$$ cm]

= $$\frac{77}{8}$$ cm2

There are four quadrants and they have the same area.

So, total area of the four quadrants = 4 × $$\frac{77}{8}$$ cm2

= $$\frac{77}{2}$$ cm2

= $$\frac{77}{2}$$ cm2

Step III: Finally, to find the required area of the combined figure we need to subtract the area of the four quadrants from the area of the square.

Therefore, the required area = 49 cm2 - $$\frac{77}{2}$$ cm2

= $$\frac{21}{2}$$ cm2

= 10.5 cm2

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