Find the Area of a Parallelogram.
Although it is impossible to fit a whole number of unit squares into a rectangle that is 5 3/4 units long and √7 units wide, for example, we declare, nonetheless, that the area of such a rectangle is the product of these two numbers.
Explore the Maximum Area of a Rectangle Given a Perimeter.
In the following activity, we are going to be working with different dimensions of a rectangle with a fixed perimeter. Our goal is to find out which dimension will give us the greatest area. This is an important application to land developers. Follow the instructions below.
(1.) How is the length being determined?
(2.) Describe the rectangle that has the maximum area.
Tyler was trying to find the area of the parallelogram below.
Elena was also trying to find the area of a parallelogram.
(1.) How are the two strategies for finding the area of a parallelogram the same?
(2.) How are they different?
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