# 8.6 Area of Trapezoids Goal Key Words

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8.6
Goal
Area of Trapezoids
Find the area of
trapezoids.
Recall that the parallel sides of a trapezoid are
called the bases of the trapezoid, with lengths
denoted by b1 and b2.
Key Words
The shortest distance between the bases is
the height of the trapezoid .
base, b1
height
base, b2
• trapezoid p. 332
• base of a trapezoid p. 332
• height of a trapezoid
Suppose that two congruent trapezoids with bases b1 and b2 and
height h are arranged to form a parallelogram as shown.
b1
b2
b2
b1
h
Student Help
LOOK BACK
trapezoids, see p. 332.
The area of the parallelogram is h(b1 1 b2). Because the two trapezoids
are congruent, the area of one of the trapezoids is half the area of the
parallelogram.
AREA OF A TRAPEZOID
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2
Words
Area 5 }}(height)(sum of bases)
Symbols
b1
1
2
A 5 }}h(b1 1 b2)
b2
EXAMPLE
1
Find the Area of a Trapezoid
Find the area of the trapezoid.
Solution
1
A 5 }}h(b1 1 b2)
2
Polygons and Area
Formula for the area of a trapezoid
Substitute 5 for h, 6 for b1, and 8 for b2.
5 }}(5)(14)
1
2
Simplify within parentheses.
5 35
Simplify.
Chapter 8
8 in.
1
2
5 }}(5)(6 1 8)
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6 in.
© The area of the trapezoid is 35 square inches.
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Area of Trapezoids
Find the area of the trapezoid.
1.
2.
7m
3. 8 cm
16 ft
7m
5 cm
14 ft
12 cm
11 m
EXAMPLE
10 ft
2
Use the Area of a Trapezoid
Find the value of b2 given that the area
of the trapezoid is 96 square meters.
A 5 96 m2
Student Help
STUDY TIP
The equation is easier
to solve without the
fraction. So, multiply
each side by 2 before
distributing.
9m
b2
Solution
1
2
Formula for the area of a trapezoid
1
2
Substitute 96 for A, 8 for h, and 9 for b1.
A 5 }}h(b1 1 b2)
96 5 }}(8)(9 1 b2)
192 5 8(9 1 b2)
Multiply each side by 2.
192 5 72 1 8b2
Use the distributive property.
120 5 8b2
Subtract 72 from each side.
15 5 b2
Divide each side by 8.
© The value of b2 is 15 meters.
Use the Area of a Trapezoid
A gives the area of the trapezoid. Find the missing measure.
4. A 5 77 ft2
8 ft
5. A 5 39 cm2
6. A 5 84 in.2
b1
13 in.
6 cm
h
14 ft
8 in.
8 cm
b2
7. A trapezoid has an area of 294 square yards. Its height is 14 yards
and the length of one base is 30 yards. Find the length of the
other base.
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8.6 Exercises
Guided Practice
Vocabulary Check
Skill Check
1. Sketch a trapezoid. Label its height h and its bases b1 and b2.
Find the height and the lengths of the bases of the trapezoid.
2.
3.
13
6
3
7
4.
9
7
10
12
5
11
19
8
6
Match the trapezoid with the equation used to find the height.
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2
1
2
C. A 5 }}h(5 1 8)
5
7.
A. A 5 }}h(5 1 13)
B. A 5 }}h(8 1 13)
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6.
5
1
2
8
h
h
h
5
8
8
13
Practice and Applications
Extra Practice
Area of a Trapezoid Find the area of the trapezoid.
See p. 690.
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11
7
10.
6
7
8
15
16
10
11.
12.
24
6.2
13.
14
13
19
15
4.6
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14
4.4
Homework Help
Example 1: Exs. 8–13
Example 2: Exs. 18–22
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Chapter 8
14.
You be the Judge A classmate states
that if you double the dimensions of the
trapezoid at the right, then its area doubles.
Polygons and Area
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6
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8
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15.
Student Help
LOOK BACK
To review the
midsegment of a
trapezoid, see p. 333.
Visualize It! Draw three different trapezoids with a height of
5 units and bases of 3 units and 7 units. Then find the areas of
the trapezoids. What do you notice?
Technology In Exercises 16 and 17, use geometry software.
1
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2
●
Draw a trapezoid.
Draw the midsegment.
B
A
16. Find the length of the midsegment and
F
E
the height of the trapezoid. Multiply the
two measures.
C
D
17. Find the area of the trapezoid. How does
Exercise 16?
Using Algebra In Exercises 18–20, A gives the area of the
trapezoid. Find the missing measure.
18. A 5 135 cm2
b1
10 cm
18 cm
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19. A 5 132 in.2
20. A 5 198 m2
b2
7 in.
h
12 m
17 in.
15 m
21. A trapezoid has an area of 50 square units. The lengths of the
bases are 10 units and 15 units. Find the height.
22. A trapezoid has an area of 24 square units. The height is 3 units
and the length of one of the bases is 5 units. Find the length of the
other base.
Bridges In Exercises 23–25, use the following information.
The roof on the bridge below, consists of four sides: two congruent
trapezoids and two congruent triangles.
137 ft
13 ft 2 in.
159 ft
Doe River Covered Bridge in Elizabethton, Tennessee
23. Find the combined area of the two trapezoids.
13 f t 7 in.
24. Use the diagram at the right to find the
combined area of the two triangles.
21 f t
25. What is the area of the entire roof ?
Detail of roof
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Student Help
Windows Find the area of the window.
VISUAL STRATEGY
26.
27.
16 in.
To find the area of a
complex polygon, you
the simpler shapes that
make up the polygon,
as shown on p. 410.
28.
12 in.
30 in.
9 in.
12 in.
32 in.
12 in.
16 in.
21 in.
16 in.
20 in.
48 in.
Using the Pythagorean Theorem Find the height using the
Pythagorean Theorem and a calculator. Then find the area of
the trapezoid.
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30.
28
40
h
31.
100
91
11
24
Standardized Test
Practice
35
25
8
120
32. Multiple Choice What is the area of the trapezoid?
A
X
C
X
25 in.2
B
X
D
X
68 in.2
42 in.2
8 in.
4 in.
84 in.2
13 in.
33. Multiple Choice What is the area of the trapezoid?
F
X
H
X
88 ft2
G
X
J
X
152 ft2
128 ft2
16 ft
176 ft2
8 ft
6 ft
Mixed Review
Finding Area Match the region with a formula for its area. Use each
formula exactly once. (Lessons 8.3 – 8.6)
34. Region 1
A. A 5 s2
35. Region 2
B. A 5 }}d1d2
36. Region 3
C. A 5 }}bh
37. Region 4
D. A 5 }}h(b1 1 b2)
1
2
Algebra Skills
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8
Chapter 8
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5
3
1
2
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E. A 5 bh
in simplest form. (Skills Review, p. 658)
5
8
39. }} 1 }}
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38. Region 5
Polygons and Area
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9
2
9
40. }} 2 }}
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h
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