## Area of a parallelogram

If you can find the area of a rectangle, you can quickly work out how to find the area of a parallelogram.
A parallelogram is essentially a squashed rectangle - imagine taking a rectangle and "pulling" on of the corners so the whole thing slants. You've not actually changed the area of the shape. So the area of a parallelogram is calculated in exactly the same way as the area of a rectangle. Watch my video demonstrating this if you want to really convince yourself! We tend to use base and height instead of length and width when working with parallelograms - this doesn't change the method though!You must take care to always use two measurements that are perpendicular (at right angles) to each other. It's a really common mistake to accidentally use the slanted height instead. |

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