Notes

Many area and perimeter calculations in elementary math can be accomplished knowing just a few formulas based on circles, triangles, and rectangles.

- The
**area of a circle**is given by π x*r*^{2}, where*r*is the radius and π (pi) is the number 3.141592654… For hand calculation, we’ll simply use π = 3.14. - The
**circumference of a circle**is given by 2 x π x*r*. - The
**area of a triangle**is given by (1/2) x*b*x*h*, where*b*is the base and*h*is the height (perpendicular to the base). Any convenient side of the triangle can be selected as the base. - We can use the
**Pythagorean theorem**from 9.1: Angles to calculate one side length of a triangle from the other two side lengths. - The
**area of a rectangle**is given by*l*x*w*, where*l*is the length and*w*is the width.

##### Examples

- Calculate the area of a circle with a radius of 5 cm. Area = π x
*r*^{2}= π x 5^{2}= π x 25 = 25π = 25(3.14) = 78.5 cm^{2}. - Calculate the circumference of a circle with a radius of 5 cm. Circumference = 2 x π x
*r*= 2 x π x 5 = 10π = 10(3.14) = 31.4 cm. - Calculate the area of the following triangle:

Area = (1/2) x*b*x*h*= (1/2) x 3 x 2 = 3 cm^{2}. - Calculate the area of the following rectangle:

Area =*l*x*w*= 3 x 2 = 6 cm^{2}. - Calculate the area of the following shape comprised of a half-circle, right triangle, and rectangle:

Half-circle area = (1/2) x π x*r*^{2}= (1/2) x π x (6/2)^{2}= 4.5π = 4.5(3.14) = 14.13 cm^{2}.

Triangle area = (1/2) x*b*x*h*= (1/2) x 3 x 4 = 6 cm^{2}.

Rectangle area =*l*x*w*= 6 x 4 = 24 cm^{2}.

Total area = 14.13 cm^{2}+ 6 cm^{2}+ 24 cm^{2}= 44.13 cm^{2}. - Calculate the perimeter of the shape in Example 5:

Half-circle circumference = (1/2) x 2 x π x*r*= π x (6/2) = 3π = 3(3.14) = 9.42 cm.

Hypotenuse of right triangle = √(3^{2}+ 4^{2}) = √25 = 5 cm.

Perimeter = 9.42 cm + 5 cm + 3 cm + 6 cm + 4 cm = 27.42 cm.

The video below works through some area and perimeter calculations based on circles, triangles, and rectangles.

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Practice Exercises

Do the following exercises to practice calculating areas and perimeters based on circles, triangles, and rectangles.