In the parallelogram shown in Figure 1, h is a height because it is perpendicular to a pair of opposite sides called bases. One of the bases has been labeled b, and the nonbase remaining sides are each labeled a.

Figure 1 A parallelogram with base and height labeled.

Finding the perimeter

The following formula is now apparent.

Finding the Area

In Figure , also notice that Δ WXV ≅ Δ TYZ, which means that they also have equal areas. This makes the area of   WXYT the same as the area of   XYZV. But A rectangle XYZV = bh, so A parallelogram XYTW = bh.That is, the area of a parallelogram is the product of any base with its respective height.

Example 1: Find the perimeter and area of Figure 2.

Figure 2 Finding the perimeter and area of a parallelogram.

The figure is a parallelogram, so


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