# ## Area of a Rectangle Formula

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## How to Use the Area of a Rectangle Formula

1. Identify what measurements you were given.
2. Identify which measurement you were asked to find.
3. Substitute the given measurements into the Area of a Rectangle Formula and simplify or solve the equation until you find the measurement you are looking for.

## Examples Find the width of the rectangle. Find the area of the rectangle.

What measurements were you given?

The diagram tells me that the width of the triangle is $$\blue 6 \, in$$.

$\blue w=6$

The diagram also tells me that the diagonal of the rectangle is $$\blue 10 \, in$$. The Area of a Rectangle Formula does not have a variable for the diagonal of the rectangle, but I can use the diagonal, the width and the Pythagorean Theorem to find the length of the rectangle.

$6^2+l^2=10^2$

$36+l^2=100$

$l^2=64$

$\blue l=8$

Which measurement were you asked to find?

The measurement I want to find is the area of the rectangle.

$\blue A=A$

Do you have all the variables required for the Area of a Square Formula?

Yes, in Steps 1 and 2, I defined all three variables:

$\blue w=6$

$\blue l=8$

$\blue A=A$

When I substitute these values into the Area of a Rectangle Formula, I get…

${\blue A}=({\blue 8})({\blue 6})$

I can simplify the right hand side of the equation by multiplying $$\blue 8$$ and $$\blue 6$$.

${\blue A}={\blue 48}$

The area of the rectangle is $$\blue 48 in^2$$. Find the length of the rectangle.

## Area of a Rectangle Formula Proof

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